Michael Owen's Criticism Of Iheanacho's Goal Is F**king Bizarre
There are many things you could criticise a footballer for during a match, whether it's a slew of misplaced passes, jibbing out of a tackle, not showing any discernible desire to make the slightest bit of effort or for missing a presentable opportunity.
One action on the football pitch that is beyond criticism, however, is scoring a goal. Because it's literally the aim of the game. If you score a goal, you've done well. I know it sounds fucking mental for me to be saying this as if it's some sort of lightbulb moment of clarity that I'm straining to explain to everyone, but today, Michael Owen's punditry during BT Sport's coverage of Leicester City's FA Cup fourth round tie against Peterborough has driven me to this.
Because, you see, Michael Owen, film snubbing, horse loving, about as interesting as someone else's holiday photos football pundit that he is, decided to criticise Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho for actually scoring a goal, this afternoon.
Iheanacho bagged a first-half brace for the Foxes, with the second goal coming courtesy of a lovely, caressed finish into the bottom corner, from 20 yards.
Yet Owen believes the former Manchester City youngster should have passed. He actually said that, and continued to say it throughout the broadcast, despite the fact Iheanacho, y'know, put the ball in the back of the net.
"He should have passed..."
"But he scored!"@themichaelowen and @RobbieSavage8 argue about Kelechi Iheanacho's second goal...
Who is right? pic.twitter.com/4gzbvHH3uz
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 27, 2018
Owen's fellow pundit Robbie Savage rightfully stopped the debate dead with the obvious response of, 'but he scored!' and you know you're trying to prop up the end of the world's worst hot take when Robbie Savage is effortlessly shooting you down.
Not that it stopped Owen from making his case. His mental, nonsensical, thicker than pea soup case...
Me, of course! He may miss next time and then the world will say 'he should have passed'. As it is, it will get swept under the carpet but if I was his manager, I'd still be telling him to not be so selfish next time. https://t.co/gx1XXvi1G1
- michael owen (@themichaelowen) January 27, 2018
- Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) January 27, 2018
How do you know that if he made the pass, the other player would have scored? Then we'd all be saying "he should have taken the shot"
- Karl Attwood (@Capo_2nd) January 27, 2018
You realise the entire country was screaming "Pass it to Scholes" when you scored That Goal against Argentina in 98.
- Mitchy (@AdamMitcheson) January 27, 2018
I remember when Giggsy ran past the entire Arsenal defence and smashed it past Seaman. Of course I was shouting "but you should of squared it! Next time don't be so selfish"
- Ant Dale (@Ant_Dale86) January 27, 2018
So just remember, if you're a professional footballer and you happen to be reading this, Michael Owen reckons you should pass rather than take a chance at something slightly more spectacular. Because football is meant to be an incessant 90 minute slog with all the entertainment value of watching someone stripping the wallpaper from their spare bedroom.
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