There is no doubt that Irish striker Robbie Keane has made himself somewhat of a folk hero at White Hart Lane in recent years with nearly 100 goals in just over 200 appearances. However, with his lack of starts this campaign and the constant speculation around new strikers arriving at the club, are Keane’s days as a Spur’s hit man all but over?
The latest striker to be linked with a move to North London is that of Newcastle’s Andy Carroll. The 21 year old has seemingly impressed since the start of the Premier League season, particularly with a surprising hat trick in Newcastle’s 6-0 home victory over Aston Villa.
Recent reports suggest that both Tottenham and Newcastle could be interested in a swap deal, with the youngster catching the eye of manager Harry Redknapp, who sees the player as an ideal focal point for the Spurs attack.
While many Spurs fans would be excited to see Carroll in a Tottenham shirt, with many suggesting that a deal could involved both Keane and around £6 million heading to St James’ Park, who would actually be getting the better deal?
Carroll is young, enthusiastic and has shown a lot of potential since becoming a key part of the Toon’s after since they were relegated to the Championship over a season ago. On the other side of the coin, although Keane is thought to not be the player he once was before that fateful move to Liverpool in 2008, the Ireland captain, with over 100 caps to his name, has been there and done it in England’s top tier, seemingly contributing in the scoring department to some degree every season.
With the likes of Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko at Tottenham, it is easy to see why Keane is finding it difficult to break into the While Hart Lane first team. However, Newcastle, aren’t Spurs, they aren’t challenging the top four, they aren’t in the Champions League, they are a team whose sole aim this season is to avoid finding themselves in the dreaded drop zone come the end of the season.
For a team with those ambitions this season, a player like Robbie Keane is a fantastic signing that would guarantee them goals. I personally believe that a potential move would be great for all parties involved, although £6 million on top of Keane could be seen as a little too much for Harry so splash out on such a raw talent, given that Carroll hasn’t produced the goods on a regular basis as of yet and other areas of the Tottenham squad could take greater priority, particularly the defence which has seem it hit hard through the loss of Michael Dawson in recent weeks.
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