Tottenham’s Robbie Keane has reportedly been targeted by Martin O’Neill and the Villa boss is supposedly eager to sign the striker in the summer window. Weekend reports stated Harry Redknapp would want Gabriel Agbonlahor in exchange for the Irishman. So, if the deal was to ensue this summer, which club would benefit most, Spurs or Villa?
Keane has failed to hit the heights since his Spurs return and failure to secure a regular first team start prompted a loan move to Scottish giants Celtic in February. 16 goals in 19 games saw Keane recapture some form, but it remains to be seen whether Tottenham will give him another opportunity next season to prove he has a future at White Hart Lane.
The weekend reports suggest that Spurs have valued Keane at approximately £12 million; a fee that the NOTW suggest Villa are after for Agbonlahor. Redknapp is looking to add to his current squad this summer, as he plans his assault on the next season’s European and the domestic competitions, and Agbonlahor’s pace will certainly add a different dimension to the Tottenham attack. It remains to be seen if O’Neill would be tempted to part company with Agbonlahor in any swap deal, or whether a straight cash move for Keane would be the preferred option.
The 23-year-old Villa forward appeared 41 times, whilst bagging 16 goals in all competitions for his club this season. Agbonlahor is not known to be a prolific striker, far from it, but his explosive pace no doubt causes the opposing defence some major problems.
So with that in mind, which club would profit most from the proposed transfer this summer?
Having looked at both players’ statistics last season, it’s clear to see that Keane’s goal ratio is far better than that of the Villa striker. The Spurs man goal ratio stands at 1 goal in every 2 games, where as Agbonlahor’s is 1 goal every 2.5 games.
The Villa no.11 unquestionably possesses more pace than Keane, but the Spurs man is a far better finisher without a doubt. Many will question Agbonlahor’s quality when bearing down on goal, but these critics must take into consideration that the Englishman is still young and learning the trade. At 29 years of age, Keane bags more experience and as such has a vaster knowledge of the game than that of the Villa striker. Both players share European experience but of course not at the highest level.
If you were to ask the neutral fan on who the better striker is, and as such, which club would benefit most from the possible move, the result may prove to be a fairly unanimous one.
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