We never do things the easy way. In 1999 we gave Coventry
£4 million for Darren Huckerby to enable them to spend
£6 million to acquire Keane from Wolves. Subsequently we had
to pay a further £11 million to gain his services...am I the
only one to think that this could have been done differently and
not cost us the extra £9 million....?
Whatever - Keane looked to be a very talented young forward.
Averaging one goal for every three appearances, he did well in
Division One and earned his call up to the international scene. He
was runner-up in the PFA "Young Player of the Year" award and after
an injury-affected end to the season Gordon Strachan was hoping for
a solid run from the youngster in the 2000-01 campaign. With the
transfer market going mad, Marcello Lippi decided to take Keane to
Internazionale, but a poor start to the season saw Lippi ousted,
and with Ronaldo and other major international talents returning
Keane found himself well down the list of new manager Tardelli's
In December 2000, rumours of his return to England hit fever
pitch. West Ham and Chelsea both failed to clinch his signature,
and Charlton's relationship with Inter didn't persuade him to go -
but the prospect of playing for DOL did. He knew he'd have to fight
for a place in a set of forwards that includes Mark Viduka, Alan
Smith, Harry Kewell and Michael Bridges and was likely to find
himself used in rotation in attack or as an option as part of an
attacking midfield. He made an excellent start to his career at
Leeds with goals coming quickly, although they dried up a bit - and
he missed a couple of sitters that could really have made the
difference in a couple of games.
In 2001-02, it seemed at first that Smith/Viduka was the
preferred striker pairing, and he started from the bench - but Alan
Smith's injury gave him a few chances to shine, and a hat-trick at
Leicester showed that he'd got his scoring boots back.
Unfortunately, he failed to find the net often enough, and Robbie
Fowler's arrival pushed him back down the pecking order - although
Alan Smith's suspensions give him the chance to make regular
appearances from the bench. He didn't seem to be on the greatest of
terms with his manager - but there must have been something that
DOL saw, because he hung onto him even though the Fowler purchase
was apparently authorised conditionally on the sale of Keane.
The World Cup in 2002 proved to be a very successful one for
Keane - he produced some high-quality all-round performances and
showed his coolness under extreme pressure when he netted a last
minute penalty against Germany to square the game. With his stock
riding high - and with Michael Bridges back to fitness and the club
under some financial pressure - Leeds agreed a fee for his services
with Sunderland, but Keane opted to stay and fight for a place
under new manager Terry Venables. That fighting spirit didn't last
long: after three games coming off the bench as a sub he decided he
had to have first team football, and Leeds agreed a fee with Spurs
on deadline day to allow him to move on.
Alan Moore says: I played for Crumlin Utd in Dublin a year below
Robbie and I once saw him score 6 goals in fifteen minutes in an
under 15s game. What a player!
Lis says: I've been a Robbie fan since he first started out at
Wolves before anyone outside Wolves had really heard of him!!! I've
been his number one fan ever since and just wanna say that he's
done brilliant and i luv him loads!!!
Euan Home says: He is GOD. He is better than Pele and
Niall McGarry says: True Class! His precociousness and tenacity
excite and inspire. Has the talent to become one of the all time
greats. You should have seen his Ireland debut against Argentina,
he stole the show and received the Man of the Match award grasping
it from the clutches of Ortega and Batistuta, no less.
Nicki says: Robbie Keane is a top class footie player but even
nicer looking! Any one who doesn't rate him doesn't deserve an
Vinay says: the guy is like gold. I've followed since the Wolves
days where he was a prodigy of Div 1 and now he's up there with the
Bradley Payne says: I think Robbie is brill.
Orla says: Robbie Keane is GOD!!! He is a totaly class player
and he is the best looking footballer! I saw him playing in a
friendly for the Republic against Croatia in August and he was the
most skillful player on the pitch and he has some brilliant tricks
which he demonstrated while warming up. I love Keano!
Liam Sloan says: Will Robbie have to leave leeds? O'Leary is not
going to pick him before Viduka and Fowler. If Keane plays for
Ireland in the World Cup, McCarthy might not pick him seeing he is
not getting on for his club, he will move again. He will no doubt
shine if he does play in Japan and rake O'Leary in a lot of money.
By the way Keane is better than Owen.
Kelly says: Hi - I used to know Robbie very well when he played
for Coventry. I spent a lot of time around his house and I loved
going to ikon with him and Noel Whelan! I know the girl he is with
now, they will always be together for sure!
Libby says: Robbie Keane is the most skillful Irish player ever.
I've met him several times at Rep Ireland games and know that he
will be the star of the World Cup 2002.
Jo says: One night clubbing in W-Ton, Rob came over to me and
asked whether he could buy me a drink, which was really sweet of
him apart from the fact that I was just leaving the bar and had 3
drinks in my hands for my mates and I. Bless him!, he deserves to
be a star, from that night I got to know him quite well and he is a
Stephen Munro says: Keane should move to Liverpool cos he's not
gonna get his game m8.
John says: Robbie is a great player, much better that Fowler,
probably even Owen on his day. He should leave Leeds before DOL
ruins his career. David O'L if you read this do the decent thing
for Ireland: either let a club that will play him have him or PLAY
him yourself. Take a look at his last season in Leeds and make
Fowler earn his place.
Jim says: Robbie Keane is one of the most skillfull and fastest
strikers in the Premiership unlike Mark Viduka who does not run at
any point in the match even when he has the ball so he should start
before him so let's have the two Robbie's up front and make a
Samantha Navey says: I think that Robbie Keane is a good
football player. I would like your autograph please.
Robert Feeney says: I can't understand why Robbie is not playing
regularly at Leeds - O'Leary was so big on him at first signing -
now he's lucky to get off the bench - they couldn't score against
PSV and they still let him rot on the bench. Has anybody got any
info on whether Robbie wants a transfer - I'm sure he must at this
point - if he doesn't - I'm sure Mick McCarthy does - any info on
whether O'Leary wants to trade him - anyway - O'Leary used to play
for Ireland - what kind of an Irishman would handicap his national
team by benching one of its star players? We're starved for
information on this issue over here in canada and would appeciate
any news on Robbie.
Coops says: Robbie - based on the stats above - must be the
world's highest paid footballer. He has made a total of 145 club
appearances (60% in the first division) but has some how managed to
accumulate a combined transfer value of 31m. This equates - before
a dime has been spent on actual wages - to a whopping 214,000 per
game (40 per second, or 632K per goal if you prefer). Bill Gates
would be proud of that one. That is one hell of an expensive bench
warmer by any standards. And now Leeds look likely to have to sell
players to balance the books. Perhaps European football managers
should be made take an NVQ in Business Studies as well as a
coaching badge before they squander fans hard earnt cash on
peripheral adornments to already lavishly rewarded squads.
Conor Fitzsimons says: He went to my birthday party.
blanca canamero vicente says: hello robie, i am blanca caniamero
and i am spanish i like fotball and here i am loking after irish
children, one of them likes you and i am very happy if you send to
roger a picture with your signature. thank for all and i hope you
squad plays the final with spain.
scott says: Is Robbie Keane Roy Keane's wee brother or related
to him? Can you help settle this argument? Jabba says: no, they're
Bill says: Robbie is a class player and i hope he does will for
Beany says: World Cup 2002 - awesome talent
Michael Murphy says: I think that Robbie Keane is the greatest
player and he enspirs me to play like him please could I have your
Kasia says: Robbie is marvellous-a real football talent.I wish
him all the best & I'd love to meet him one day!Moreover he's
got wonderful eyes and smile!!!!
Mazza Morgan says: I just wanna say that Robbie is amazing and
he is Robbie Keane the Sex Machine!!
Danielle says: robbie u did great in japan. cant wait till the
season starts again and i can see loads more of u! luv ya loads no.
1 fan *d* xx
Ciara O'Malley says: The first time I saw Robbie Play would be
in 98 when i was 10..i bacame an instant fan and have followed him
ever since! he is a deadly footballer,and is world class and was
just totally mind blowing in the World Cup! he showed them a thing
or two about football out there in Japan..he's world class! He is
just a BIG legend and I hope he continues to play brilliantly in
the future! Keep cartwheeling Keano!
Lauren (robs BIGGEST admirer and follower) says: DONT GO 2 BORO
OR SUNDERLAND ROB! You are by far one of the best players 4 LUFC.
Lets face it Mark Viduka can never b assed to play whereas u always
put 110% effort into every game.u are well better than that fat
kangaroo! DOL was mad not give you as many starts as you deserved
and i no that you will be able to convince the new manager to let
you stay! I believe in you Keano you can do it!!!! ps im avin the
statement only 1 keano at the bak of my new shirt next season. pps.
PLEAS let Eddie Gray b r next manager ppps well dun in Japan. Star
player or wot. and finally i think i feel a song cumin on: THEREZ
ONLY 1 KEANO! THEREZ ONLY 1 KEANO! THEREZ ONLY 1
Grinne says: Robbie-U R a SEX GOD!!!U played brilliant4 Ireland
in the world cup and we're all really proud of you! Love Grinne in
Mike says: Hi Robbie, I love watching you play and that goal
against Germany was fantastic!
elaine says: keano is aba e he is a class player and best of all
he is irish go on keano
Nelleke says: He Robbie, you did well in Japan. Good luck in the
upkoming season. O and not to forget. It's alwost your birthday.
CONCRATULATIONS. Lots of love Nelleke from Holland.
Bridget says: Met Robbie almost two years ago, was in Dublin for
the week-end and where we met will remail a secret, but he is a
great young lad. A great footballer with a great personality. I am
very proud that I met Irelands No 10 after all our Donegal man Shay
Given is Irelands No 1, sorry Robbie!!!!!!!!!!!!
SILVIA says: Robbie is the World greatest and he is the best
because he scored at germany.He is so sweet and i love him so like
i love my familie. he is so great and amazing . our whole town in
germany knows him because he is the best footballplayer in the
world. ROBBIE I LOVE YOU I WILL SEE YOU 2006 IN GERMANY. I WILL
TAKE YOU FROM THE AIRPORT. YUO HAVE TO WIN IN MY LAND: ROBBIE
CHAMPION 2006 IN GERMANY : IM YOUR BIGGEST FAN KISSS FROM A LITTLE
GIRL FROM GERMANY
Joan Page says: Sunderland supporter from Oz, you know where the
big fat kangaroos come from, and they can spell, would like to know
if Robbie Keane is going to Sunderland, will keep watching this
space as we have tried everything else to find out Thankyou
Silvia Kaufmann says: Robbie is the best player . he is the
world greatest and he will be the champion 2006 in germany . i am
very proud of him
dannielle a derry girl says: keano is a babe i am his no i fan
his thighs are class i know what i would love to do to him
anon says: keano is an irsih hero hope he does well in the euro
quaifilying games but we know he will. he is also a class looking
theres only one keano and that is robbie
aisling from belfast says: keano is a babae he is a hero and why
do leeds want to sell him he is one of there best players hope
robbie does not go to sunderland or spurs as them teams are not
good enough for keano he should stay at leeds and leeds should sell
robbie fowler as he lost his abilty to play years ago while at
colin says: robbie is the man! i'm an american and can even
recognize his ralent and ability to put balls in the back of he
net. go leeds!
anon says: Hello, yes i have met Robbie and met up with him a
few times him whilst he was playing for Coventry he is a great
person and made me laugh the first tie i spoke to him! Rob if u
wanna come back to balsall let me know!!
Gemma says: Keano sad 2 c u go babe! Agh well we still hav u on
r Ireland team babe! Luv u 2 bits baby!!!!! Go Keano!
Loaise says: im from Dublin and i went to school with him and he
used to use his stdy time to play soccer in the yard with his mates
all the time and even then i knew he would pull on the Green Jersey
for Ireland one day. LOVE U ROBBIE
angela from dublin says: Baby Irish (robbie keane) is the best
player to come out of ireland. He's irelands Micheal Owen
Daniel Phillips says: leeds need to lighen up a little by buying
players we need the midfield sorted out defence is perfect strikers
need to lighten up a little so please do some thing to get us in
the champions league or something else
David F says: well i for one think weve made a blunder selling
the Irish Wonderboy!! Firstly we buy Daz Huckerby to enable
coventry to buy what clubs like Liverpool and Man Utd considered
overpriced goods - he goes to Milan we then flog Huckerby to them
cheap and pay 12m pounds for the player and then flog him half
price to Spurs! Confused? Well we reckon he is a bargain genius and
we SHOULD have flogged Viduka coz hes crap and adds nothing
Amber says: I was sad to see Robbie go to Spurs because I am a
big Robbie fan and I didn't think they were good enough for him. He
has apparently made them a lot better. Good players are what make
up good teams and Robbie is a good player. I am an American from
Texas and I can even see how good he is. If I can see it why
couldn't Leeds? Maybe if they had kept him they wouldn't be in the
predicament they are in now.
scott says: robbie keane is good and young talent for ireland
but no way can he be compared to pele and marodona
tom rochtus says: he is my favourite footballplayer (i live in
belgium) i am looking for his signature for over 3 weeks still
nothing found robbie keane
Sharalyn Murphy says: Hey Babe!!! Ur doin v Well at Spurs n i'm
proud 2 say i'm irish!! But da 1 question i have 2 ask tel y he
sold u on da 1st place n only terry no's dat,wel wats done is done
n we've got 2 get on wit da job n i tink Sarah is rite maybe not da
league but i honestly tink we've a chance of winnin da FA cupcum on
Leeds we believe in u n we no u can do it!!!xXxXx
aisling keane says: robbie how are you you do not no me i just
want to say you are so good at football .
Sarah says: Hey Robzer, I was sorry to see you go-but another
part of me was happy-cuz your doing so well,earning a living and
showing off your deadly talent IN Tottenham!! I was real upset when
i heard about your ankle spurs really struggeled without you
today(1-2-03). Well hopefully you'll be fit for our friendly this
month , bring it on Scotland (no offence i highly respect the
Scots!!!) We can go all the way to the Euro's 2006 & bring the
cup home-to Dublin. Good luck & hope you have a speedy
recovery!! Best Wishes & God bless, Loadsa Love Sarah(Louth)
Chris Power says: keane u r a god at spurs, u r definatly the
best player we have signed in ages. U R DA MAN. If you read this
please send me an email
Tommy says: I wallpapered the lads house five years ago and
might I say what a grand lad he has turned out to be.The best cuppa
ive ever had,and the craics not so bad either!Take care from
JasonT says: To hell with you all who say that Robbie is the
best Irish player. I bet Roy Keane is better. Yes Robbie has
talent, but he is no-where near to be compared to the likes of
Baggio,Ronaldo, Pele, Cryff or DiStefano. Even Vanistiloij is
better at the moment or even Owen. Face it, Ronaldo by the age 20
he had won the best player of the year award and had been the
topgoal scorer in his league, the Dutch league. But Robbie has not
even been topscorer in the Irish team for God's sake. Please ya all
shut your asses up before you spit out your shit. Even the whole of
America knows that!
Sarah says: Jason T your askin 4 it now!!
roykeane,baggio,ronaldo,pele,cryff,distefano,owen?????? Ha don't
make me laugh!! They don't even deserve a capital letter at the
start of their name let a loan a title like that!! Robbie is 22
stil a young chap Niall Quinn has da latest Irish record and he was
36 years of age when he left the squad and I'll tell you 1 thing if
you know anything about football you'll know he's not too far
behind da mighty Quinn-with all respect to Quinn!! who's Spurs top
goal scorer this season???Ah yea what a cowinsidence it's ROBBIE
KEANE!!!!! Get my point yet??? I'd say so.. I could go on for
another hour or 2 but I won't waste my breath on you!! Go on Robs
show him what da irish are made of I didn't let him off handy why
should you!?!?!? Good luck Robs see you on wed at lansdowne,, Sarah
sean dublin says: robbie keane is a quality player who does not
get the credit he deserves and after a great move to spurs and a
great world cup and an amazing solo goal against leeds he is once
again proving that leeds have made another mistake by letting him
go just like cantona,KEANO YOUR GOD AND WE ALL LOOK UP TO YOU HERE
IN DUBLIN 12.You are an insprition to kids in crumlin and they all
know that they can achieve what you have by having a good
attitude,been class and having a smart head,keep on doing crumlin
sharon says: Sarah, i couldnt have put it better myself!!! Go
girl! Robbie and duffer are the 2 best players for Ireland! they
always play there best, Jason T if roy is so good then why did he
walkout on his country? any other player would have the decency not
to do that! He thinks he's god when in fact he's far from it
Sharon says: Go Sarah!! Robbie is a brilliant player! he is
really talented and he's really friendly and down-to-earth! roy
keane is no-where as near as good as Robbie. maybe you dont agree
but at least Robbie doesnt walk out on his country at a time where
they needed him the most unlike a certain roy! who ruined colin
healys chances of playin in the world cup. Sean from dublin is dead
right. Robbie is a quality player and has a good attitude. I'm
proud to say that he plays for the best team, Ireland
Roisin and Aoife say: Hi Sharon! No offence but Roy Keane is
savage! and Mick McCarthy is a spa for sending him home so he had
no choice about going home! Sharon, Robbie Keane is a savage
footballer but he tries to do to much of it himself, sorry Shar but
Sarah says: Good man sean!!!!
Sharon says: yeah, i know he doesnt pass the ball as much as he
could, but he's still a great player, and Roy Keane said first that
he was leaving when they were in Saipan, then he said he'd stay,
then Mick McCarthy told him to go, If you read the world cup book,
you'll also see that the players were happy bout that cos on Roy's
seat in the bus they put a sign on the seat saying R.I.P.
Sarah says: aaaahhhaaaaa!really i didn't no dat RIP in da seat
i'm in bits laughin here aahh dats a good one!!!!! Roisin,Aoife eh
no sorry i don't agree at all!!!!
Sharon says: Thanks Sarah! At least someone agrees with me!
Everyone else seems to stick up for roy, You should read the world
cup book its really good and it proves that all the players were
happy bout roy leavin except ian harte, in roy's interview he said
that ian was the only one who wanted him to stay cos he went to
roys room and said bye and when niall quinn said that the players
have to stick together ian was the only one that didnt clap. Sarah,
what you think of Shay Given?? Check out www.shay-given.com its the
official site and Shay's brother Kieran set it up
Ian says: robbie kean is a good striker for spurs and always
will be untill he leaves
Lill (London) says: Robbie Keane is THE god at spurs. I am a
huge spurs supporter and think the future is promising with you in
the squad. Hopelfully Hoddle (the other God) will bring in some
other players to help u onto more greatness. ps i saw u against
everton at the lane. u were ace it was robbie keane against everton
casue the rest of the team did nothing.
sarah christian says: i think you are the best player on pitch
because you always score!
jimmy gray says: i think your the best player in the world i
think lufc see should of kept u and played u with smithy all the
time i hope leeds bye u again off tottnem u are a big loss since u
left keep the good work i know uwill your biggest fan jimmy.
Vale (from Milan) says: Robs is the best player around (alongs
with Duffer of course)and ive been his fan since he was at inter.
The first time ive ever been to see a match at a stadium was last
summer in Lansdowne Rd against the Aussies and twas bad that Robbie
had to leave the pitch like that but i enjoed every single min of
his game!he is the best and i agree with Sarah!
Jayne Massey says: I do Robbie Keane's unofficial website and I
just want to give it a quick plug! www.robbiekeane.net Please visit
Sarah xxx says: I set up a website about Robbie Keane a while
ago with all the latest news and pictures! Please come and visit
and also join the forum! www.robbiekeane.tk
Matt McGinnity says: i live in America so not alot of people
know Robie Kean. but i'll tell u 1 thing hes my favorite play in
the world and i would be so honnerd to se him play
,p>Lydell says: I wish Robbie was Enlgish so he could lead us to
glory at Euro 2004, he has been Spurs best player since arrving in
2002 and the arrival of Defoe and Kanoute hasnt changed that. What
a legend!! Roy Keane is a self obsessed prick who should never have
been allowed back into the Irish squad, nobody that selfish
deserves a second chance, especially when ur past it neway!!
jamie says: robbie could you email me back and answer what team
do you surport p.s i support spurs
chaz says: i saw robbie keane with his family at chitty chitty
bang bang and have got a ticket signed by him i am willing to