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Keane – The Spare Part


Written by Lauren Coupe

I remember when Spurs first signed Robbie Keane all those years ago under the Glenda era.  I was so excited!  I think a lot of Spurs fanatics were.  He was a brilliant little footballer with great technique and pace.

Then a few years/managers later, Keane left Tottenham for his boyhood club Liverpool.  But then things started to go wrong for the lad as he was being subbed off the field on a regular basis and towards the end he was more or less dropped from the team entirely.  I thought Liverpool had been rather harsh on Keano by not really giving him a chance.  Then in came the new Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp to bring Keane ‘home’.  Keane wasn’t back at White Hart Lane long though before being loaned out to Celtic towards the end of last season.  The performances he pulled off their were sometimes a joy to behold, and it looked like his sharpness and enthusiasm was back.  After a lot of transfer rumours during the summer about Keane leaving White Hart Lane for good, a lot of fans were rather relieved to see him staying at the club following his great form at Celtic.

Keane still has a lot to prove since his return to Tottenhamfrom Liverpool.  Many would argue that his passing has been poor, his runs have been out of place and I unfortunately I have to agree.  I ask myself ‘what have Liverpool done to him?!’ but then I think hang on, he was having the time of his life at Celtic banging the balls in the net…what’s changed? What is so different at Tottenham to Celtic?  Then I came to the conclusion that he may feel a little left out at Spurs.  A bit like a ‘spare part’ – someone who is just thrown in when needed to be.  Maybe that is the reason as to why Robbie Keane has lost his form for Tottenham.

I get the impression Robbie dislikes being on the bench week in week out, and for him to regain his form, Tottenham are going to have to start giving him some starting chances.  Maybe with Defoe injured he will get that opportunity to shine, but based on the Champion’s League performance against Bremen, I am still not convinced.



  1. Chris D

    September 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

    he’s finished. The oppposition push twenty yards up the pitch when he comes on, knowing he’s no threat in behind.

  2. Roy Singh

    September 15, 2010 at 9:35 am

    This is also my opinion. He should be given more starting time for us to judge. Did not impress when he replaced VDV.Ball is in his court to improve his work rate, the way BAE,JJ & Kaboul did yesterday.

  3. Charles

    September 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I think bang’ing in goals for Celtic or Rangers would be easy.The Scotish league is not the Premier league. If i am not mistaken when Keane returned from Liverpool he played regularly for Spurs.I could not understand why he was still polaying and world cup players were on the bench. Over the years he has done a great job for Spurs(specially when playing with Berbatov) Maybe Berbatov made him look good.
    For me,sell him while you can still get a small return.

  4. TMWNN

    September 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

    You’re comparing the SPL with the EPL.

    That’s where you’ve gone wrong.

    Keane has a few more goals left him, but he no longer has the pace or the partner (Berbasulk) that made him a better player.


    September 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    lets ask some of you would you play good if you new in the next game your reward was the bench. All strikers like to be adored by fans and Robbie made a big mistake when he left what was in affect his best relationship and most productive. We can all remember his celebrations with his cartwheel and gun slinger celebration and some of his grat goals . Robbie has not suddenly turned into a bad player its two things Fans at our club dont forgive or forget easy and with every goal drought and his cameo roles it gets worse. When he played every game on tour he showed all our fans what he can do and Harry was praising him but when the season started he was back on the bench and sulking and rumours of transfers have not helped so if he his to get back to the hero he was then both Harry and our fans need to make him feel wanted this apply s to Pavlyuchenko also. Harry needs to learn one lesson having four strikers when we are chasing a game its no good taking one striker off and expecting another one to score with all the pressure it brings. This means we then have two strikers in a goal crisis and at the moment we had three Defoe Keane and Pav . With constant subbing form suffers and fans join in with critism its no different with defenders chopping our back four for King means we have only kept one clear sheet.

  6. John K.- CANADA

    September 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Anyone who says Keane is finished obviously has no understanding of the game. His play for the Republic proves it. Fair point that the SPL is no EPL however. He requires regular play and works best when he can partner with a Berb like striker or an attacking midfielder. And maybe this is the year he breaks into the top 10 EPL goal scorers of all-time. Good luck to him.

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