With the January transfer window looming it seems Robbie Keane will be packing his bags and heading for the exit from White Hart Lane. Ever since his return from Liverpool he’s been forced to settle on the bench and resort to fourth choice striker for Harry Redknapp behind current England strikers Jermain Defoe & Peter Crouch and Russian Roman Pavuylchenko.
Over the past week, Keane’s been linked to an array of clubs with Birmingham, West Ham & former club Wolves all interested. When Robbie was sent out on loan to Celtic last January he dazzled at Parkhead scoring 16 goals in 19 appearances and rather sumptuously pronounced their ‘player of the year’ in 2009.
However, Robbie has performed decently for country but most of his goals are set-pieces and due to his current battle at White Hart Line I think Anthony Stokes & Kevin Doyle would be possibly a preferred option. If Trappatoni opens his eyes he should be able to notice Keanes poor club form and for the sake of the team, dropping him, and for the foreseeable future ending his career. It would be similar to that of Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington dropping hit man David Healy as he too has struggled for form club wise.
Keane arrived at Spurs in 2003 from Leeds, having endured a successful partnership with Mark Viduka. Robbie slotted into the Spurs front line perfectly and was their talisman for three to four years before he fell out of favour with Martin Jol. He was left to warm the bench for the seasons to come but when he was given chance he grasped it and bulldozed his way into the squad again. When Harry Redknapp arrived Keane was high up in the pecking order but Redknapp wasn’t happy and spent lavishly on strikers which included his old buddy Jermain Defoe from Portsmouth and Peter Crouch from Liverpool. Keane was beginning to become unhappy and when a move from Liverpool beckoned he grabbed it with two hands and left London for Liverpool in the summer of 2008. Keane returned to Tottenham in January 2009 but was notably relegated to the bench and has since been there, only starting in matches such as Carling Cup or ‘dead rubbers’.