So Spurs fans have finally discovered David Beckham’s reasons for training with Spurs. We were all of the opinion that he was teaching Aaron Lennon how to hit the perfect cross, whilst explaining to David Bentley that looks alone won’t win competitive matches.
It would appear though that he was actually on a scouting mission for L.A Galaxy with the intention to lure some talent back across the continent. The worry for L.A Galaxy is that we haven’t heard Robbie Keane list them as a boyhood club yet, so he may be looking for another move in the not so distant future.
In 2009 many Spurs fans voiced their concerns with the return of Robbie Keane from Liverpool, they were unhappy with the lack of loyalty displayed by the player when the Reds came calling initially. Keane’s inability to make any impact at Liverpool was a believed to be an indication of his decline as a Premier League striker. On his day the likable Irishman could win any match, but sadly those days are a distant memory and the striker even struggled to make an impact at West Ham during his recent loan spell at the club.
The term ‘legend’ is used loosely these days, but I honestly believe Robbie may have become one had he stayed loyal to Tottenham when Liverpool approached. Not only would he still be loved and cherished by Spurs fans, but there’s a strong possibility that his career wouldn’t have spiralled in the manner it has done. The player must have known that the grass isn’t always greener as his transfer to Inter Milan proved years ago.
When Glenn Hoddle signed Keane in 2002, he declared that Robbie could make Spurs his ‘spiritual home’ and to a degree he did just that. His Spurs career had more highs than lows, and his strike rate of 107 goals in 254 games is very respectable.
My memories of Robbie Keane will be the dynamic partnership he formed with Berbatov in the 2007-2008 season. Both players were deadly and each scored 23 goals in all competitions. As a Spurs fan I hope one day we can find two forwards who form a similar understanding and who knows what might have been had we kept the duo together.
Whilst Ireland’s record goal scorer will have his critics, every Spurs fan should remember that Robbie Keane was the first player to reach double figures in six consecutive seasons for our club, and when he pulled on the shirt he wore it with pride!
Good Luck Robbie, I wish you well.