I hope Robbie Keane goes to Celtic in January. Why? Not just because heâ€™ll be good for them, which he will, but because it will be good for him and because Iâ€™m fed up of hearing the abuse he gets from Spurs fans with memories as short as Dennis Wise.
We all know heâ€™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 â€“ heâ€™s not stupid or immune from the comments people are making about him. He knows if it doesnâ€™t go for him heâ€™ll be off the pitch â€“ 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 â€œthatâ€™s the sort of player we needâ€. Apparently George Graham didnâ€™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. Thatâ€™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 personalâ€¦and some people have short memories. Iâ€™ve heard the same crap about Defoe in the past, Lennon and whoever else is a convenient scapegoat for the teamâ€™s shortcomings at any time. Have you all forgotten how bad we have been, not that long ago? Sherwood, Doherty, Keller, Edinburgh etc?
Everyone whoâ€™s met him, as I have, says how much of a good bloke he is â€“ how he gives so much time to be an ambassador for the club and asks for nothing in return. I know thatâ€™s not a reason for sticking with him, but itâ€™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 â€“ for his sakeâ€¦and mine.
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By Mike Cheshunt
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