Cockney Press aim at Owen again but Shearer is no mug
So hold on a minute, Michael Owen goes on a barren run, loses his England place and then has a bad game in London and suddenly he should be dropped for Newcastle United's game against Pompey.
Make no bones about it, Owen is suffering at the moment and is playing way below the level we all know that is locked away inside him.
But then again, name one Newcastle player who is pulling up trees at the moment?
The answer is nobody because the team has been drained of confidence and belief.
They are all suffering at the moment and the only reason that Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong have stood out so much in the last two games, and they have done well, is because Newcastle have been under the cosh for so long.
The Toon stars are not immune from criticism by any stretch of the imagination.
And on board we have players who have played well for other clubs and failed to do the business here at Newcastle, in truth they have been a let down, Mark Viduka, Damien Duff and even Nicky Butt, by his own admission, haven't lived up to their reputations elsewhere.
And when you look at Obafemi Martins, a crowd favourite all the same, he is by far the poorest of Newcastle's number 9s during the Premier League years.
I don't think there is anybody who could say he's better than Alan Shearer, Andy Cole or Les Ferdinand.
But getting back to Owen, suggestions that Shearer does not have the bottle to drop his old pal are a nonsense.
Yeah, it would make a sensational story but Shearer understands better than anybody that if his best goalscorer isn't getting the service, then how the heck is he meant to score?
Owen has always been a poacher and although he isn't the lightning quick teenager he was when he burst on to the scene, he is still a major threat if used in the correct way.
His poor performance was as much down to those around him on Sunday than anything else.
I lost count of the amount of times that Ryan Taylor failed to get past the first defender from corner kicks.
Or the amount of time that R Taylor crosses were spat out by the Spurs defence and left unchallenged by any of the Toon's target men.
Shearer knows about goal droughts, he went almost two years without scoring for England before Euro 96 and then what happened?
He lost his form and had his patience tested by Ruud Gullit before Sir Bobby came in, and then what happened?
Then after a good first season under Sir Bob, he lost his form again, and then Newcastle signed the little man Craig Bellamy, and then what happened?
Things change for strikers and they go through barren runs.
Owen has 10 goals this season for Newcastle and to be fair his face has been tripping him.
Do you blame him? Has your face not been tripping you as well after this farce?
For what it's worth, Shearer would be wrong to drop Owen and certainly wrong to do it for the Cockneys.
But whether Owen is the right man for the captain's job is another matter.
Shearer was an all round battler in his day and in many ways a different type of player to Owen and probably more suited to the captain's role.
It could be argued that taking the armband away from Owen could lift some of the weight on his shoulders and let him get back to what he does best.
Yet for crying out loud, don't drop him now.
Don't drop him for this must win fixture against Portsmouth.
Shearer doesn't have time to get results and unlike Kevin Keegan last term he hasn't the time to get the confidence flowing.