To many Tottenham fans the demise of Robbie Keane has been disappointing. Keane had previously been a prolific goalscorer for spurs who’s main priority was to find the back of the net.
This season though when Robbie played for us despite the fact he managed to score 9 goals in all competitions it appeared that all he wanted to do was drop back into the midfield and becoming more of a play-maker than a striker, this is probably why his composure in front of goal lacked quality it once was, therefore it is reasonable that many tottenham fans did not believe a veteran (31 to be precise) ex-Chelsea forward was going to be a benefit to our squad.
However Eidur Gudjohnsen appears to possess many qualities that Keane does not have. Gudjohnsen just like Keane has become a forward that likes to drop deep and after the Icelander play in his handful of appearance for Spurs I believe I have seen enough to say Gudjohnsen performs better in this role because he passes the ball much better (one of Keane’s problems was he gave the ball away too much).
In addition to this Gudjohnsen appears far more comfortable playing in the deeper role because he first played in this role in his final year at Chelsea when Mourinho made him into a utility player therefore it appears has a greater knowledge of the position than Keane who I believe plays in the role out of preference and because he’s lost a few yards of pace feels he greater suited in the deep lying role. I also think Gudjohnsen has a greater mentality then Keane.
In Gudjohnsen’s career he has won the premiership, champions league and la liga. This can only be good for spurs because Eidur knows what its like to win and is likely to be handle high pressure situations like spurs are in at the moment. Whilst Keane has won the Carling Cup with us there have been moments in his career.
When he moved to Inter Milan and Liverpool where he has failed to deliver his potential whilst Gudjohnsen has consistently throughout his career been a reliable player (arguably Monaco aside) Gudjohnsen also beats Keane in the physical department. Even though Gudjohnsen is most commonly known for playing for Chelsea and Barcelona in the early noughties he played for Sam Allardyce at Bolton and this is must make it clear for Tottenham fans how he shrugged off Abdoulaye Faye with ease versus Stoke a few weeks a goal to score a fantastic goal.
According to the papers today, Monaco have said Gudjohnsen will be returning to the club at the end of his loan deal, but I really hope in the summer Redknapp makes his deal a permanent one or at least a loan extension until the end of next season because is amazing back to Defoe and Pav ( whether he’ll still be at spurs next year…) who can be relied on when needed and is capable of playing in midfield, and youngsters at the club could really benefit from the style of football he plays and just to have a champions league winner at the club in a season when hopefully next year we will be playing in the competition will help immensely.
Finally on Keane in my opinion he is a spurs legend and is one of my favourite players to ever play for spurs, however I feel he has run out of steam to play at the top level. He has had a mini-revival at Celtic but it seems to me that is where he should continue playing football now for the rest of his career.
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