The Irish striker has spent the second half of this season on-loan at Celtic and was even honoured as their player of the season after just 15 games (just goes to show what sort of season the Hoops have been having) and he is now being linked with his first professional club Wolves, but has Keane suffered a fall in stock since his ill-fated move to Anfield?
In a word, yes. Before he left White Hart Lane to try and make his name at one of the so-called ‘big four’ clubs Keane enjoyed a healthy strike partnership with Dimitar Berbatov, who has also found life a little difficult following his £30+ million move to Old Trafford and has fallen under some criticism (some of it unwarranted). Anyway, during his first stint at Tottenham Keane scored 80 goals in 158 starts. In comparison the 29-year-old managed to score just five in 16 starts during his short Liverpool career, but this was not good enough for Rafa Benitez who was shot of Keane at the first opportunity.
Arguably the Republic of Ireland man was not quite the same since and although he made a semi-successful return to Spurs he was deemed surplus to requirements by Harry Redknapp and was loaned out to Celtic. He could be missing out on all the good times too as Spurs are now favourites to grab the much coveted Premier League fourth spot, which would earn them the right to compete in the UEFA Champions League next season. They probably should have achieved that feat a few years ago under Martin Jol but a dodgy lasagne put an end to their dreams in UEFA’s flagship tournament (I’m sure ‘Arry won’t let the players near any suspicious Italian cuisine this term).
Keane decided not to fight for his place at the north London club and possibly made a smart move in going to the SPL. He has slipped down the pecking order at the Lane behind Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlychenko and on-loan signing Eidur Gudjohnsen (still weird to see him in Spurs colours), it was always unlikely that he’d be a regular starter again and I believe his Tottenham days are all but over.
The striker now looks likely to end up back where he started at Premier League strugglers Wolves, who have just survived relegation and it would be a real coup to acquire the services of the Irishman as they have struggled for goals all season. He’d probably do well there too as he is good friends with Kevin Doyle, but with all due respect to the Black Country club if you told him he would end back up there 18 months ago he probably wouldn’t have believed you.
Robbie Keane is probably the prime example of how a ‘dream move’ can quickly become a complete and utter nightmare following his farcical back and forth between Spurs and Liverpool.
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