The ex-Liverpool and Manchester United goalscorer wrote some thoughts on the title challengers on his SportsLobster blog, and started by discussing current Premier League leaders Arsenal, but was particularly damning about £42.5m star Mesut Ozil.
“It is against the big boys where I think they could struggle as, in my opinion, they don't have the class of player to go toe to toe with the main title contenders. Despite people constantly telling me that Mesut Ozil is world class, his inconsistency means that we only see occasional glimpses of real quality. His odd good performance is usually followed by half a dozen poor ones.”
Owen turned his attention to his former club Liverpool, and believes that the good times may be returning to Anfield after a superb start to the season off the back of Luis Suarez's goalscoring exploits. “The Reds are firmly back in the big time. The noises I am hearing are that Rodgers has money to spend this coming window and should he unearth another couple of gems, I certainly wouldn't back against them lifting some silverware come May. “
Owen also criticised David Moyes' £27.5m for Marouane Fellaini, saying that he should have signed another Everton midfield instead – Ross Barkley. “Moyes would have expected an instant return on his investment when buying Marouane Fellaini. I rate him highly in a certain type of team but I'm not sure he is a Manchester United player. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but maybe Moyes would have been better served by breaking the bank for another of Everton's players.”
“A team consisting of two of the best youngsters in The Premier League, Adnan Januzaj and Ross Barkley, would have immediately sent out the message that Moyes is building a team to last. Throw in Jones, Welbeck, Smalling, Cleverley and the message becomes loud and clear. As it is, Moyes' sole acquisition was designed to make an immediate impression which, in my opinion, left him open to more criticism than should have been the case.”
Owen also touched on a number of points, including how Spurs have regressed since sacking Harry Redknapp, how Manchester City must be considered the favourites for the title with the quality of players at Manuel Pellegrini's disposal, and how Chelsea may not be firing on all cylinders, but could easily win another Premier League title under Jose Mourinho.
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