As anticipated, Newcastle have made a big swoop, by signing Michael Owen.
Graeme Souness will be granted some reprieve, but now he has no excuse should the Magpies continue not to win or score any goals.
Captain Alan Shearer will surely be relieved as Owen will be deemed a worthy replacement for the retiring striker. Shearer has been one of my all-time favourites. I still deeply respect him for his loyalty and devotion to his club, and his will power to forge ahead while outperforming some players half his age.
There is talk that the two didn't have a particularly brilliant partnership playing for England, but only time will tell if they can bond better at club level. Time, and patience, is running out for Newcastle.