Former England international striker Michael Owen has given his tip for the surprise package of the Premier League season in 2015-16. Swansea City and Southampton probably took the accolade last term, after performing way above expectations.
This year Owen believes that it will be his former club Newcastle United who surprise a few.
Speaking to Sportlobster’s official YouTube channel the striker, who joined Newcastle from Real Madrid back in 2005, believes that his former England boss Steve McLaren will be the main reason for their success.
“I’m going to go for Newcastle, my old club.
“One of the main reasons is Steve McLaren. He is one of the best coaches I have ever worked and he has interestingly gone back into the divisions where he used to manage to recruit some of the players for Newcastle this year.
“Mike Ashley splashed the cash for the first time in a long time and I think, in the appointment of Steve McLaren, he has made a real masterstroke there. I think they are going to perform well, I think they’re going to get into the top half.
“I think Newcastle are going to have a good season with Steve McLaren at the helm.”
Some Newcastle fans were perhaps worried when McLaren got the job, considering the sour way in which his time at Derby County ended. He is also known for his managerial flops with England, VfL Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest. But he has had unprecedented success with Middlesbrough and FC Twente, so hopes are high that he can do what Owen claims.
Not only that, but their summer business has been good.
They certainly looked to be a match for Southampton at St James Park, drawing 2-2 with the side and getting their campaign off to a solid start.
Newcastle fans will hope their former striker of four years is right about the team’s chances for the upcoming campaign.