Owen never quite grasped life at Newcastle United
When Michael Owen left Newcastle United many accused the striker of "not caring" about the future of the club that were then left seemingly marooned in the Championship.
Owen remember had been made a lucrative offer by the Magpies back in December 2008 but decided to "delay" a decision about his future, back then he said: "I hope this is seen as a positive, and not disloyal in any way."
His key concerns then were that he was concerned about which division United would be playing in and the harm that staying at St James' Park was causing his England chances.
It was a given that he was never going to even consider playing in the Championship and with the striker out of contract, but United were never going to bow down to his sky high demands.
In truth, he was a different player to the one that arrived in a blaze of glory in 2005 from Real Madrid by the team he left Newcastle and then rubbed salt into the wounds by signing for Man United.
For me, he had long since been drained of any feeling he had for the club by the time the bus pulled away from Villa Park in May 2009 and the Mags were relegated.
But I have to ask, did he ever really care about pulling on a black and white shirt?
Plagued by injury after injury and wandering around the training ground with a face like smacked backside said to me, his thoughts were always elsewhere.
I have to admit the day that Owen signed for Newcastle, you couldn't help but feel genuine excitement on Tyneside.
The reality of the "dream signing" though was that it would drain resources at the club for years to come, deny the club sponsor money from Northern Rock and plunge United deeper into debt.
This was all a contributing factor to relegation in the long run.
His dealings with the media on Tyneside for a player who was meant to be making a statement at the club and spent a period as captain were generally short and sweet.
Many a time a local hack would be met with "talk to the hand" symbol from Owen who never quite grasped who his public were.
His goal tally of 30 and appearances for United are pretty average for a player who cost the earth to bring here.
And although, many might remember his stunning hat-trick at West Ham or his double against Sunderland.
Others will remember his cupped ear signal to the Gallowgate End against Wigan in 2008 or perhaps the day he cried off against Fulham when we desperately needed a player to run through brick walls for the club in an hour of need.
His final game was at Aston Villa, he may as well not have bothered that day.
Therefore, if he is on the end of a red hot reception on Tuesday night he shouldn't need to be told why.
Not that'll care...of course.