Is the Owen deal a risk worth taking?

Who the hell saw that one coming?
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Earlier this week, Michael Owen was hoping to start talking to clubs such as Stoke, Hull or Villa but today he has joined Man United in a shock transfer.
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This is one of those deals that have the potential to go spectacularly well or a little bit wrong. It was well worth the risk by United.
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So what are the benefits?
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For a start, there’s no transfer fee as Owen was out of contract, with United reportedly heavily in debt this will be a plus. Also, Owen is English, which means he fulfils the new Champions League rules about having homegrown players in the squad (though that wasn’t really a problem for United).
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Lets not forget too, that Owen is a lethal goalscorer both for club and country, even in his injury-hit spell at Newcastle he managed 30 goals in 79 appearances, which is not a bad record at all. If Alex Ferguson can keep him fit and motivated he will be an asset to the club.
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Rooney and Owen have linked up well for England and they’ll quickly gel together for United. Also, the arrival of a predator like Owen could give Dimitar Berbatov the almighty kick up the arse that he needs to get his United career going.
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Reportedly, Owens contract will be a 2-year pay-as-you-play deal that is nowhere near his humongous Newcastle contract and it will be topped up with bonuses that will push his money up.
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There are some negatives however.
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United have sold Cristiano Ronaldo and not signed Carlos Tevez. These were two hugely popular players and were both important to the way United play. The fans were expecting the £80m to be spent on a superstar. They have publicly lost out on Karim Benzema to Real Madrid and it looks as though they will miss out on Franck Ribery, who wants to join Real Madrid too. So there is always the fear of ridicule in only signing Owen.
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Owen has had horrific injury problems in his Newcastle spell; he only made 79 appearances in 4 years and allegedly earned over £41m in his time at the club. Man United went through something similar with Louis Saha, where they had a fantastic player who they couldn’t get on the pitch.
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Owen himself was ridiculed for his management group producing a brochure that was sent to clubs reminding him of the talent but glossing over the injuries and other problems.
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Imagine the reception Owen will get at Anfield though! Personally, I’m not too bothered but this is a move that will go down like a lead balloon with some Liverpool fans, having controversially left Liverpool for Real Madrid on the cheap, a move that still rankles with some fans.
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All in all, I believe this is a good bit of business by United and I’m sure Owen will do well there. If he doesn’t, what have United really lost?
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That wasn’t the only weird transfer though. Chelsea today signed Ross Turnbull (yes, you read that right) to sit on their bench during the Champions League and Daniel Sturridge from Man City. Sturridge is an exciting talent but his wage demands from Coty were ridiculous, with him reportedly demanding £75000 per week.
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What do you think?