Where’s Keane Going To Play?

Robbie Keane has just been informed that he is free to leave Tottenham in January. The news everyone has been waiting for since August is finally here. But the question now is actually whether or not he will stay in Europe, or go to the USA.

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Let’s look at it this way: Robbie is not returning to Spurs, Liverpool or any of his former clubs. Not Celtic, either. Just isn’t going to happen. Keane tore the Scottish Premier League up, but it is still unlikely he heads to Celtic Park again.

Right now, it is rumored that Aston Villa and Fulham are interested in the striker. Outside of the UK, it has been reported quite a lot the past week or so that he is headed to Vancouver to start play with Whitecaps FC this spring.

Where should Robbie go?

Keane is still young enough to make an impact somewhere. He can start at most top-league clubs. It should not be expected of him at this point in his career to head to another European country outside of England. He is pretty well-established among the english-speaking community, and heading anywhere else probably won’t help his career. Remember, he failed at Inter Milan early in his career.

So, if we narrow it down to English-speaking leagues we have the Premiership, Scottish Premier League, League of Ireland, MLS and the A-League.

It looks unlikely that Keane will return to Celtic, and it would be shocking to see him play for another team in Scotland. So, scratch that.

He is well-established in England, and could certainly make a big splash at a mid-table club. Aston Villa and Fulham have been rumored. Keane usually plays alone up top and is good when he is fed the ball that way.

He could fit into Fulham’s system, if manager Mark Hughes deems him a better option than Diomansy Kamara or Eddie Johnson. (He is better than both players) With Bobby Zamora still nursing a broken leg, he could certainly help their attack. Fulham plays a style that would mesh with Keane. He could be massive for Fulham, who really are in need of a better scoring threat, at the moment.

Aston Villa have a bit more attacking options up front, and may not be the best place for Keane. He’s all about confidence, and with the stiff competition he would receive from Emile Heskey, Gabby Agbonlahor, John Carew and Stiliyan Petrov, he really may get lost in the crowd. His style of play also does not fit as well into the Villains system. It’s probably not likely he would move here.

Other clubs that could use someone like Keane are Stoke, Sunderland and West Ham. None have shown any interest in the Irishman, as of yet.

The 30 year-old has been criticized in recent years for his poor play, including a failed stint at Liverpool.

Outside of the United Kingdom, there are three options. First, a return to his home country, Ireland. But at this point in his career, Keane has much more to give than to play in the LOI, which is borderline amateur.

Second, a move to MLS.

Vancouver has shown interest in Keane, and what a story it would be to land him as a designated player. Keane would automatically make the Whitecaps a competitor, and he could certainly make a splash in MLS. This certainly could happen, and is probably as likely of a move as any.

The third option would be to follow in Robbie Fowler’s footsteps and make a move to Australia. But with Keane still trying to help Ireland qualify for Euro 2012, it may not be a great move to head down there. This would probably put him out of the national team picture.

What should Robbie do?

Keane’s best option is certainly to stay in the Premiership and get with a club that plans to have him start every match. If that cannot be done, then he needs to come to North America and sign with a MLS club. Vancouver shows interest, but it would be much more interesting to see him join New England. Boston is heavily-populated with Irish, and they would absolutely love to see him make an appearance there.

The window is getting closer, but don’t be surprised to see Keane suiting up for a MLS club this spring.


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