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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.

Crisis? What crisis?

By Lee Ryder on Dec 15, 08 09:42 AM

Newcastle United are still far from Premier League safety this season but if ever there was time for a top notch away performance then it had to be away to Pompey.

Relegation fears were eased at Fratton Park and amazingly with the tight nature of the top flight this season another win against Spurs at home this weekend and suddenly fans and players alike can start to think about higher ambitions.

Newcastle's away form this season hadn't yielded a win before the long haul visit to Fratton Park but thanks to some creditable draws on the road this term, things aren't looking nowhere near as bad as they were seven days ago.

Michael Owen's future at Newcastle United may well be precarious but while many people appear to be jumping the gun about the player quitting St James's Park in January - there is another school of thought that the out of favour England man but in form Toon striker could well remain on Tyneside.

Owen broke his silence about contract talks at United after the 2-2 draw with Stoke and expressed his annoyance at quotes being spun - significantly he appeared particularly irritated and annoyed by reports that he was ready to quit the club or that Joe Kinnear had given up hope of keeping him.

Basically contract talks haven't started yet but while it is accepted that Owen can talk to clubs in January about a move to a new club and arrange a transfer, it doesn't mean he will.

Newcastle United may well be keeping their heads above water without Michael Owen at the moment but with uncertainty surrounding the future of both the club and the out of favour England striker both factors cast huge doubts over the Toon retaining their Premier League status.

Mike Ashley said on September 14: "If I can't sell the club to someone who will give the fans what they want then I shall continue to ensure that Newcastle is run on a business and football model that is sustainable. I care too much about the club merely to abandon it."

In light of those words, surely making sure that Owen is part of the future of the club is vital to the club whether Ashley stays or somebody else comes in and hopefully the Toon tycoon is fully aware that caring for the club is to make sure it keeps our prize asset.

KEVIN Keegan taking his seat in the dugout against Hull City next Saturday may well sound like something out of movie but let's be honest after the week we've had it just can't be ruled out.

Pictures of Mike Ashley guzzling champagne in New York in the Pink Elephant have left a sour taste in the mouth for Toon fans with the shots taken while the Keegan storm was in full swing 3,000 miles away on Tyneside.

And as the rain lashes down on a depressed and blue city back here in Newcastle the feeling from many is that Ashley's position has became untenable.

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Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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