Fan Article: Why Robbie Keane Must Go

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I hope Robbie Keane goes to Celtic in January. Why? Not just because he’ll be good for them, which he will, but because it will be good for him and because I’m fed up of hearing the abuse he gets from Spurs fans with memories as short as Dennis Wise.

We all know he’s not the player he was. Right now, he is CRAP. No-one disputes that. He never had pace but what little he had has gone. His touch has gone. His instinct for goal has gone. I think a lot of it is confidence – he’s not stupid or immune from the comments people are making about him. He knows if it doesn’t go for him he’ll be off the pitch – like today. Anyone remember when previous managers did that with Defoe? For a striker, confidence is everything.

The first time I saw him play, he scored the equalizer for Coventry against us. I turned to my brother and said “that’s the sort of player we need”. Apparently George Graham didn’t agree.

I saw him score a hat-trick to win the game against Everton once, in a very poor Spurs side. The winning goal was pure Jimmy Greaves. That’s what really bothers me when people have a go at him. Have a go at the manager for picking him, but the criticism is personal…and some people have short memories. I’ve heard the same crap about Defoe in the past, Lennon and whoever else is a convenient scapegoat for the team’s shortcomings at any time. Have you all forgotten how bad we have been, not that long ago? Sherwood, Doherty, Keller, Edinburgh etc?

Everyone who’s met him, as I have, says how much of a good bloke he is – how he gives so much time to be an ambassador for the club and asks for nothing in return. I know that’s not a reason for sticking with him, but it’s a reason for giving him some respect. Seeing the Wolves fans today cheering him off the pitch made me realise he needs to go and go now – for his sake…and mine.

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By Mike Cheshunt

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