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Rooney, Crouch and Keane Remember How To Score Again

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In the latest round of Premier League fixtures something rather unusual happened. We were treated to three unusual goal scorers: Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane, players who had only scored three league goals between them before Tuesday.

As I imagine you’d have noticed, the 2010/11 Premier League season has been uncharacteristically quiet for these three hit-men. Rooney especially is languishing someway behind the 26 league goals that he grabbed last season.

Rooney’s well-catalogued off-field problems and niggling injuries have contributed to his lack of production this year, but more pressing is his lack of form. Rooney has looked a shadow of the player he was before the World Cup and the pressure of having his private life exposed on the front pages has clearly affected the Rooney’s confidence. Luckily for United, forgotten man Dimitar Berbatov has taken over the goal-scoring burden, and in doing so has already tripled his goal contribution from last season.

So for United fans, seeing Rooney double his goal tally for the season in the space of 45 minutes must have been quite a relief, his first strike against Aston Villa was superbly taken and evoked memories of the Rooney of old.

Spurs fans must be wondering what the hell has been going on with Robbie Keane.

He barely gets a sniff of goal for Tottenham since the start of last season (minus his four goals against Burnley), then as soon as he goes out on loan he’s back scoring goals for fun. Wednesday night he showed his poacher’s instinct by poking home a rebound after Richard Kingson’s save in West Ham’s 1-3 win.

Peter Crouch seems to have secured his place in the Spurs first XI due to the amount of times he has provided an assist for Rafael Van der Vaart. So it only seemed fair that one day Van der Vaart would return this favour, and on Wednesday he finally did. The thing I enjoyed about Crouch’s goal is that no one else in the side could have scored that goal, ‘vintage Peter Crouch’ I guess you could call it. With that goal Crouch showed exactly why he can be unplayable at times; it’s just a shame that those times occur at such intermittent intervals.

So which one of these players is most likely to continue adding to their goal scoring stats? All of them have a good chance, Rooney is always a threat and his brace against Aston Villa could spark him back into life. As for Peter Crouch, well, with Robbie Keane going out on loan Spurs are now down to three recognised strikers, so Crouch needs to start pulling his weight by finding the net. Granted Crouch’s place in the team is about more than just goals, but to have taken part in every one of Spurs’ Premier League games this season and only have netted twice isn’t really good enough.

In my opinion, Robbie Keane is best placed to carry on his (mini) goal scoring run. Keane seems to flourish in his loan moves, as his 16 goals for Celtic last season will testify, and half a season at West ham could really suit the Irish striker. Let’s not forget that Keane is still only 30 years-old so he still has a potential four or five years at the highest level. I’m sure that once Keane gets some game time under his belt he will return to the player we knew before his ill-fated move to Liverpool, and being a ‘star’ in the Hammers’ team as opposed to a squad player at Spurs could give his ego a much needed stroke.

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    February 5, 2011 at 6:47 am

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  2. rustin

    February 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

    whether it’s crouchy or pav, I just want to see a two-striker system for spurs. I’m tired of watching the 4-5-1 formation sputter and stall out every game. I know it is difficult to play a 4-4-2 with vdv in the lineup (even more so now with pienaar in the mix), but two strikers up front definitely puts the opposing defense under much more pressure. crouch can be soft and disappear from some games at times, but all it takes is one cross for him to head in and spurs have a goal. It may not be the result of “midfield magic,” but it’s still a goal, and if tottenham want to continue to challenge at the top of the table, they need to put a run together like they did this time last year.

  3. Guy

    February 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    “…to have taken part in every one of Spurs’ Premier League games this season and only have netted twice isn’t really good enough.”

    To be fair, many of those “appearances” have been fleeting, to say the least. (I am an admitted Crouch fan).

    As for Rooney, I’ll say it here….He’s through. Done. Dusted. Please don’t write back and tell me what an idiot I am. My wife does that all the time. It’s just a niggling feeling I have with absolutely no evidence behind it. A year ago people were calling Berba a bum. Ain’t football grand? 🙂

  4. terry

    February 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    crouch and rooney have had much more match time than keane perhaps given more he would have scored more

  5. Nick

    February 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I feel like if Rooney really does well and truly find his form again in the next few weeks, this is bigger for United than Chelsea signing Torres, especially given how Berbatov, Giggs, and Nani have been playing lately.

  6. Trevor

    February 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Robbie Keane is a still a great player, but he needs to be in the team everyweek to contribute. Unfortunately he will never get that a top club, that is why a team like West Ham will be the best for his goal scoring.

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