Football FanCast columnist Nick
Howson is in no doubt that Robbie
Keane is an excellent player, but just doesn't feel he is the right fit for
Keane's two goals against West Brom in Liverpool's 3-0 win last week, over the
relegation rivals were his first League goals since joining the club, but the
goals were no-more than a reminder that Keane's short time at Anfield has been
nothing more than a failure after 19 games at the club.
move to Merseyside Keane has scored just four goals, two in both the Champions
League and the Premier League.
Fernando Torres has been out injured for almost the entire season, and with
this Keane had the perfect chance to stake a claim for his place in a side that
clearly has no role for him.
However he failed during this period and no coincidence that all his goals came while Torres was out.
formation Liverpool play, 4-2-3-1 with Torres up front with Dirk Kuyt, Albert
Riera and Steven Gerrard playing behind the Spaniard. The only play he fits in
is on the bench, and to be honest with this side's success already this season
you can't see him changing that front line.
usually ridged Kuyt has stepped up to the plate from right-midfield. Four goals
came from him while Torres was out, the same as Keane but from a deeper
If he can do
it why can't Keane?
that there is a certain amount of bedding in time for a player, you can't be
expected click straight into the side just like that, and Keane has shown in
the past that he needs some bedding in time.
But for me
it doesn't show any sign of improving. Keane has always played with a target
man type of player, Niall Quinn or Les Ferdinand spring to mind as players that
suit Keane's, Torres even if Benitez did adapt the formation to accommodate
Keane would still isolate the Irishman.
of the front man would be influential, not both or I know who I'd rather have
on the end of the chances.
down to whether Benitez really needed to spend £19 million on Keane. For me
no-doubt his price tag he is worth every penny, but he's simply gone to the
wrong club. There are too many players who ruin their careers by going to big
clubs and not getting consistent first team football. Keane is running a risk
of becoming this very same player.
will tell on how Keane develops, yes we're only in November but if it goes to
form we could see the fans less keen by May.