Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has been receiving a lot of love from all corners of the world after his England exploits, but Michael Owen has decided to be, well, Michael Owen.
The teenager became a real star for the Three Lions at the Euros, but things, sadly, ended very badly. Saka missed the penalty that decided the game, and the Arsenal youngster was inconsolable after the final whistle on Sunday.
Most fans and pundits felt that it was a ludicrous decision to force a 19-year-old to take the most important penalty in the country’s history. However, Owen has bizarrely claimed on Twitter that it’s much easier for teenagers than it is for more experienced players.
Is Michael Owen right about Bukayo Saka?
In a normal game where the pressure is negligible, Owen’s argument makes sense. Kids are confident and fearless, and they score from the penalty spot more often than not as a result.
However, Saka’s penalty on Sunday was completely different to any other penalty a 19-year-old has ever taken in his life.
Wembley was packed with over 60,000 fans and a majority of those supporters were backing England. The pressure, hopes and expectations of the whole nation were on Saka’s young shoulders, and that’s not easy for anyone, let alone a 19-year-old who had never taken a penalty in his senior career before.
To make things worse for the Arsenal star, the two players who stepped up before him missed their penalties. That put even more pressure on the teenager, and that clearly played a part in the outcome.
Irrespective of what Owen believes, most people in the world know that the decision to make Saka take the final penalty was the wrong one. Jose Mourinho, Roy Keane and even Gareth Southgate to a certain extent after the game felt that way, which says a lot.
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It’s time for all of us to move on now. Saka needs everybody’s support and he’s getting it. This will surely hurt him for a long time, but there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the teenager will overcome this and show the world what he’s all about very soon.