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Why Robbie Keane could be the man to solve Sunderland’s striking dilemma

The Sunderland fans in the Transfer Tavern can’t quite work out what to make of reports linking Robbie Keane with a move to the Stadium of light…

After all, given that Keane is now 36-years-old and has spent the last few years in the MLS – is he really the sort of player that a relegation-battling Premier League side should be looking at?

On the surface, any deal to bring the Irishman to the Premier League doesn’t make a lot of sense, but given Sunderland’s current situation – our landlord thinks that he could actually be the perfect player for David Moyes.

Now, his age is certainly working against him. At 36-years-old, he can’t play every week – and he doesn’t have the pace that he used to. However, with age comes experience – and that could be vital for the Black Cats this season. Robbie Keane has been around for years and has done it all – and he will prove to be a valuable asset both on the pitch and off the pitch as the season heats up at the Stadium of Light.

What’s more, prolific frontman Jermain Defoe is just 2 years younger than Keane – so maybe the Irishman could surprise everyone with his performances despite his age.

Robbie Keane scored 10 goals in the MLS last season, and whilst the gulf in quality between it and the Premier League is clear – it is proof that the Irishman still knows where the back of the net is.

Is he going to be a 20 goal a season man anymore? Of course not. But you can bet that he would pop up with a few goals here and there when called upon.

You also have to consider the fact that Keane is a free agent, meaning that he wouldn’t carry a transfer fee for the Black Cats, who are struggling for funds at present. In that essence, he is a low risk, high reward option for Moyes – and that is exactly the sort of player that he needs for.

In truth, when you consider the role that he could have both the pitch and off of it, combined with the low-risk nature of any deal – bringing Robbie Keane to the Premier League could quickly emerge as a stroke of genius.

Sunderland fans – thoughts?

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