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The Return Of The King: Robbie Keane Finds Gold For Aston Villa Against Wolves

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.

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  1. Chris Machin

    January 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    No John, you couldn’t be more wrong, and you reprisent everything that is wrong with a section of the blindly misguided Wolves fans.

    Keane graciously did not celebrate either of his magnificent goals, he applauded the Southbank during his substitution and is nothing more than a professional going about his business amicably in the footballing landscape.

    With his two goal return to Molineux on his Villa debut, he highlighted everything that is currently amiss at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The long and short of it is, you get what you pay for. Whilst Wolves endeavour to enforce a salary cap which prevents them having any ambition not only in the transfer market but as a club as a whole, Aston Villa grabbed the opportunity to take a proven player at this level for 2 months knowing that 2 months could make all the difference, as I’m sure it would have done for Wolves.

    When you consider the likes of Tevez and Samba and many before them who have held their clubs to ransom with transfer requests and other selfish acts, Keane does not come close. He left Wolves for a Premier league club for a fee that at the time was very respectable for a Division 1 side to receive. At the same time, with Morgan and Moxey disguising their devious con as an ambitious venture whilst lining their own pockets and USING our club for their own construction interests and non football related growth and a manager who fits the mould perfectly because he has no time for ‘big time charlie’s’ as he so bafflingly puts it and is quite content having a championship squad punching above its weight just so he can continue his reign of ignorance and evasiveness with the odd smarmy comment to interviewers, he is every chairmans dream – a cheap option. Robbie Keane did not choose Celtic, or West Ham or even Villa over Wolves. There was NEVER an approach. How can a man sign a deal that was never offered. I presume John you were expecting him to take a huge pay cut and come cap in hand to the club, that is not the world we live in, you wouldn’t do it, neither would I nor any footballer in the game today.

    Whilst Jez Moxey continues to stifle us with useless facts of who we attempted but failed to sign, he does not realise how pathetic and insignificant that makes the club feel. The latest was that we ‘attempted’ to sign Biram Diouf, but lost out to the mighty Hannover…. We cowered away and backed down in a race to sign Nedum Onuoha to … QPR. What does that say about Wolves, ambition and desire? We were fed the same drivel in relation to Keane this time last year…

    If the board were truly financially sound and not just simply balaclava clad penny pinchers, they would realise that an investment in a Robbie Keane or player of his calibre would be a wise one no matter what the cost. They paint the picture of how soundly we are handled because we have no debt, and to avoid the same woes as Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth to name a few, we will stick to this tight fisted transfer and wage policy. Now consider the small amounts of money they have wasted collectively;
    Muoyokolo, Shackell, Hill, Surman, Maierhofer, Elliot, Halford – all of whom cost £1 million plus and all of whom contributed NOTHING towards our Premier League cause, not even as squad players. Countless millions wasted but largely unnoticed and wrongly justified because it was spread rather than in a lump sum. Well no. Almost 10 million pounds not including the wages, wasted by Wolves in the transfer market. That same 10 million could have bought and paid for Robbie Keane for 2 seasons. Given the choice of the two, which would you take? The kind of production that was evident last Saturday that Keane will bring to Villa, or a big fat nothing from the afformentioned names… you do the maths!

  2. john

    January 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Keane is a money grabbing mercenrie, thats why he was bood because those fans are wise to him, when he went off the pitch at the end of the match he ignored the Wolves fans! the guy is an has been, at least he has found his level playing for cheating, dirty low life.

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