Robbie Keane is reportedly arguing with potential new suitors over his high wage demands.
The 108-cap Irish captain needs to find a new home away from White Hart Lane in order to secure regular football and Harry Redknapp has given his blessing for him to leave Tottenham. The struggle has been going on for a while now, with loan spells at Celtic and West Ham in consecutive seasons proving he is not an integral piece of Redknapp’s jigsaw.
Many would suggest Keane should drop his demands and settle for a club who will welcome him and give him some time on the pitch. The wages he is asking for will likely be ‘inflated’ (from Fulham & QPR’s point of view) due to his recent history with Tottenham and Liverpool – who pay higher wages. Some might say the 123 goal striker shouldn’t come cheap due to his striking prowess – but there are other factors to consider.
It will have been worrying for Robbie Keane last season when he arrived for training with the Irish national team and Trapattoni branded him as ‘unfit’. He missed a penalty in the key Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia and Trapattoni expressed his concern at his physical condition – and how it would not get any better due to the lack of playing time at Tottenham.
Keane must continue to perform at international level if he is to retain his captaincy, and to do this he must find a club where he will secure playing time. Surely Keane should drop his demands and accept a lower pay in order to stop his national team career from flagging?