Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce admits Michael Owen is unlikely to play at his best alongside Obafemi Martins.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "I think Michael enjoys playing with a big striker. But I don't think he needs to name a certain player.

"He simply enjoys playing with a big man. Luckily for us we have two big men here. We also have two small men, who are very good players indeed.

"So I have really great options. I have a great problem in my selection process in terms of keeping these four boys happy."