Robbie Keane

Name:
Robbie Keane
Nationality:
Irish
Date of Birth:
08/07/1980
Height:
5' 9" (175cm)
Weight:
10st 0lbs (63.56kg)
Previous Clubs:
West Ham (loan), Celtic (loan), Tottenham, Liverpool, Tottenham, Leeds, Inter Milan, Coventry, Wolverhampton
Position:
Striker


There's no question Villa have signed a Barclays Premier League legend in Robbie Keane - if only on a short-term deal.

His CV is impressive, to say the least.

Keane started his career as a teenage prodigy with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It wasn't long before the Premier League scouts were clamouring for his signature but the Molineux club held out for three years before they were forced to bow to Coventry City.

The teenage Keane had scored 24 goals in only 67 league starts and joined the Sky Blues in August 1999 for £6m.

Come the end of the 1999-00 season, the bigger clubs were still on the trail of the Republic of Ireland international but it was still a shock when Italian giants Inter Milan signed him for £13m.

The star striker enjoyed moderate success in Serie A as he struggled to command a regular spot in the side.

Leeds United offered him an escape route and he signed on loan for the West Yorkshire club for the 2000-01 season and made a permanent £12m move at the end of the campaign.

It was a good battle for places at Leeds too, with Robbie Fowler, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith also sniffing a spot in the side.

Keane went to the 2002 World Cup with the Republic of Ireland and he was one of the stars of the tournament his exciting team more than held their own with the global powers, narrowly exiting to Spain on penalties in the second round.

Tottenham swooped for Keane on his return to the top-flight, just before the transfer deadline in August 2002 in a £7m deal.

Keane had scored 19 goals for Leeds in just 38 games.

The player signed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane, with the option of a two-year extension and Keane made his Tottenham debut in a 3-2 win over West Ham United.

At Tottenham he rose to captain the club and made over 250 appearances before leaving to join Liverpool in a £20.3m deal.

Unfortunately this didn't work out well, lasting only six months at the club, before he returned to Tottenham.

Loan moves to Celtic and West Ham followed before he elected to continue his career in the USA.

Having enjoyed success in the MLS Cup in 2011, Keane decided to head back to the top-flight in the off-season to join Villa on a six-week loan.


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