One day Robbie Keane will write/dictate his autobiography, and it will be filled with fantastic stories of playing football for some major clubs, living in Italy and the USA and full of scoring goals.
Keane marked his full Aston Villa debut on Saturday with two sublimely taken goals against relegation threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Keane’s move to Villa was a surprise following a successful move to the USA’s Major League Soccer, where he help LA Galaxy to the MLS Cup. Though he only played in four regular season matches, due to signing at the end of August, Keane notched two goals. Though, he did play in the Galaxy’s play-off matches and Champions League games as well.
Perhaps his most important contribution was setting up Landon Donovan for the game winner in the Cup final.
Keane’s moved] to the Galaxy may have been one of the bigger moves he has made in his career. This is a man who has played for Internazionale, Liverpool, Celtic, Leeds, Tottenham and West Ham. Clubs he made significant contributions to (maybe not Internazionale and Liverpool), but there was always a time for him to leave those clubs.
Many believe money has been the most significant reason for Keane to move from club to club throughout his career. However, many of those times he moved to bigger clubs, and after his debacle at Liverpool it was a matter of playing time to preserve his position with the Republican of Ireland. Anytime a player moves to a larger club there is bound to be higher wages and transfer fees paid.
When Keane signed for the Galaxy last August, it was Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trappattoni who pushed Keane to find a club where he’d get regular playing time. That regular action was in the USA, rather, than in England or a return to Scotland with Celtic.
Keane’s loan move will end on February 25, allowing him to return to the USA for the MLS pre-season. Galaxy teammate Donovan is currently on loan at Everton, and David Beckham recently put his future on paper with the Galaxy as the club attempts to over take DC United as the winningest team in MLS history.
With Villa now reaping the rewards of a fit and firing Keane it can’t be denied that his move to MLS was successful. At 31, Keane still has years left in him. But in the immediate future the European Championships loom, and Keane will captain his country in the summer’s extravaganza.
After the Republic of Ireland’s failure (or whatever it was ) to qualify for the last World Cup, they are in a group in which a second place finish is not out of the question. It will, however, be a hard fight to obtain. If Keane can continue to fire he could seal his fate as one of the best players to come from the Republic of Ireland and finally get (some) respect that he deserves from his fellow countrymen.
Though Keane will return to the Galaxy in a month don’t be surprised to see him gracing the pitches of England again. If there’s one thing Keane has proved throughout his career, that is, he’s never in one place for too long.