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Vote: Are Spurs better off without Robbie Keane?

Loss of tiny little striker may be blessing in disguise

Robbie Keane

With the payment of what Daniel Levy describes as a £20.3m ‘compensation fee’ (note how the same term wasn’t applied when John Bostock was whisked away from Palace), Robbie Keane finally bid adieu to White Hart Lane this week. With that stroppy Bulgarian fellow still deciding whether he wants to pull on a red shirt next season, things look bleak on the surface for Spurs.

However, they have made two great signings in dos Santos and Modric, and the Keane compensation fee could be used to bring in Russian manchild Andrei Arshavin, a player who could easily be taught to cartwheel towards the corner flag before firing off some ‘hand pistols’. As a bonus, it also looks like hastily-purchased flop Darren Bent could be joining Keane on Merseyside, albeit in a blue jersey.

Assuming that Berbs stays, Tottenham could have a tour-de-force of talent up front and in the midfield.

So, Spoiler readers, the question is this: do you believe Spurs will be better off without the little Oirish chap, or are they destined to finish in the wrong half of the table again?

Votes and comments below, please.

Spoiler bonus: check out Robbie’s lovely WAG Claudine here

19 responses so far
  • kirit // July 29, 2008 at 11:00 am

    benty will finally be given a chance to do what he is best at – score goals. guarantee 25plus goals from benty this season!

  • ossie // July 29, 2008 at 11:05 am

    There is no questioning keanes ability, but for me he is not diciplined enough in terms of staying in his position, also he moans far too much instead of just getting on with it and would not fit into Ramos’ formation and tactics, so yes we are better off without him!

  • yido61 // July 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Might be a good thing. Trying to fit players in around Keane’s way of playing must have been difficult. Not an out & out striker, not a midfielder but somewhere in between. Played very deep at spurs cos the midfield was weak.
    The midfield is stronger now and his role is note needed as badly now. I’m optomistic !

  • nick the yid // July 29, 2008 at 11:09 am


    I have never been a big fan of keane, the sad thing is tho that he did say in a statement about 7 weeks ago ‘ i love it here and i would like to finish my career here’ thats whats bothered me theres no loyalty anywhere, anyway lets get to the point, if anyone undrerstands the dynamics of football they will realise that keane wouldnt fit into the system at the lane ,
    the problem with keane is that he is slow and he also hogs the ball too much and slows or even breaks down our own counter attacks, ive seen it so many times where the runner has gone beyond him and he hesitates and dosent release the ball and the other team gets back, the ramos system is different and all will see, 20 mill is good money and 13 mill profit on someone who has peaked good luck robbie but your not as loyal as you make out to be. ps dont be surprised if spurs win something and you dont, id love it

  • yido61 // July 29, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Give Bent a run in the team, pointless selling him at a loss. He has kept his head down and worked hard. he deserves his chance. bring in 1 more striker if Berba does go. Dos Santos & Peckart are also looking promising. Keane going could be a blessing in disguise

  • madjeff // July 29, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Agree with ossie comments I saw a number of times last season when he demandaded the ball to often when others were in a better position. At 28 a great bit of business by Levy. We get 20M, Liverpool might get 1 season. A no brainer.. Levy could make it a double this week by sacking Comolli.

  • nick the yid // July 29, 2008 at 11:14 am

    i still havent got over defoe, if spurs knew keane would jump if the reds came calling then im sure defoe will be with us today, defoe is dynamite he is a no nonsense player anywhere near the box he can shift the ball and whack a thundrerbolt towards goal, yes keane had that finesse about him but to much messing about with the ball that i didnt like defoe anyday, defoe is like a shark only knows one thing, bang at the right time just like a shark when you fall into the water no nonsense it will just bite you your in its territory, defoe is the same anywhewre near or around the box your in trouble and if its saved someone will have a tap in simple as that, bring on david vill hes no nonsense too.

  • madjeff // July 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Oh! and by the way saw spurs at norwich yesterday. Impressed with Gilberto, santos, Modric and Gomes among others, look better and fitter than in other pre seasons

  • HS // July 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

    gutted he has gone…we now has to sit there and watch Keane bang in 20+ for liverpool and Defoe do the same at Pompy…wondering all the time how the hell we have got outselves in this position. All we can hope for now is that we sell Berbs for silly money and bring in a couple of top class strikers..personally, i would like to see Podolski and Arshavin up front next year, with Villa on the bench!!!! and Eto is the reserves!!

  • diamond-lights // July 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Keane flattered to deceive. I was a great admirer of the wee fella but one on one with a keeper you only ever felt 50/50 he’d score. You dont know whether he’s a loss until you see if anyone comes into replace him. I personally think Modric will do a lot of the work Keane used to so another striker playing further forward may be a blessing.

    Im just sick of the hypocricy, ‘I love it here’ (when noone else wanted him) and then ‘Im off’ (as soon as a CL club comes in).

  • North spurs fan // July 29, 2008 at 11:28 am

    You have to look at it as the best deal we have done this season.
    20 mil for a 28 year old when we had no choice to sell because he wanted to go we could have had a pants pulled down by Liverpool when you think Defoe when for 7mil so ask yourself is Keane worth 3 times as much

  • yido61 // July 29, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Make yer right re: Defoe, he was only £7m cos he hadn’t been playing. bet he’s more now

  • Nuts // July 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Too right – Defoe shouldn’t have gone for £7m.
    Selling Keane is a bummer but we got a good price for him.
    Bent’s time to shine.
    One more striker please – Ideally Villa (but is that just a dream?)
    Also need a reserve keeper and midfield enforcer still.
    Capel / Bentley would be good signings – wasn’t Bentley meant to sign a week ago/2 weeks ago/3 weeks ago/ 2 months ago etc etc.

  • Great // July 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Hmmm… what chance of breaking back into the top 10 without Keane and Berbatov?

    Is Berbatov really going to leave do you think?

  • TEAM // July 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    1st XI:
    Hutton, King, Woodgate, Bale
    Modric, Huddlestone, Jenas, Zokora, Dos Santos

    Gunter, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lee
    Gilberto, Taarabt, O’Hara,

    Still to buy:

    (Berbatov is still my no.1 striker, but like him, I’m sulking a bit, so will leave him in limbo til he signs a new 5 year contract with us).

  • Dusty // July 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    another mid table finish for spurs then with that line up, few points behind west ham!! still bentley might make a difference, ha ha will he fuck

  • St John the Sponge // July 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    More importantly, will he feel free to do the forward-roll-and-six-shooters goal celebration again, now he no longer has to carry Spurs on his back?

  • Eastwood // July 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    If he ever does the forward-roll-and-six-shooters routine again, I will personally go to Anfield – a place I dislike – and shoot the tosser. And I like him

  • Gaz // July 30, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I am very sad to see him go. I just hope that fellow fans can appreciate his effort and everything he has done for Spurs. There will be idiots who will boo him when he plays against us, but I for one will be applauding him when he walks back into white hart lane.

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