Posted by sean on August 31, 2005 at 10:46 pm in Football, Leeds United with No Comments

So the Football Transfer Window is about to slam shut for the summer in 40 minutes time (as I type this) and for the first time in many seasons Leeds have actually come off rather well! OK, they lost Aaron Lennon due to wage issues and Eirik Bakke has gone on loan to Aston Villa until January (although if they want to pay his extortionate wages then they’re welcome to him). Other names such as Julian Joachim, Clarke Carlisle, etc have gone but with all the new signings over the summer they would struggle to get a place in the new, improved Leeds United First Team anyway.

I can’t see Leeds missing Joachim the striker who score 2 goals last season

Away from Leeds probably the most major signing of the summer (if you forget about Chelsea’s regular shopping spree) is Michael Owen’s surprise move from Real Madrid to Premiership strugglers Newcastle United.

Newcastle have been chasing Owen for some time and if I am perfectly honest I didn’t think he would go to Tyneside and thought something fishy was going on. I believed the chairman who is by far a fans favourite was making the bid as an exercise to win fans over although had no real plans of making the signing. Obviously I was wrong although the fans did make me laugh today. Sunday, after losing 2-0 to Manchester United they were chanting “Sack the board” now they are singing the chairman’s praises – the word “fickle” comes to mind.

Owen looks over the moon to be playing for a club 19th in the league

Lastly everyone keeps saying how Owen is a “Proven” 20 Goal A Season Striker. Wrong! Owen has never scored 20 LEAGUE goals for either Liverpool or Real Madrid so I don’t know where that statistic has come from. Don’t get me wrong I rate Owen. He is one of the best English strikers playing today and Newcastle have a star player but the £17mill they paid for him is far too much in my opinion. Still, as an England fan I wish him well and hope he can improve his skills and fitness even more ahead of The World Cup next year.

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