Robbie Keane’s surprise transfer to LA Galaxy is very intriguing on many levels. Does Keane feel as if he’s finished at the highest level of club football? How would Keane fit in once he arrives in LA? Where will Keane feature in the current set-up?.
From the outside looking in, it seems Keane would play upfront alongside Mike Magee or Chad Barrett. Both Magee and Barrett would provide a foil for Keane as well as being a physical option on the frontline with Keane providing the craft and relative pace. I think Keane and Barrett would be the best fit for now, although it would be a strike partnership lacking in mobility. Keane would also face competition for a starting berth from Adam Cristman, a player who has shoehorned his way into Bruce Arena’s thoughts as of late. As of yesterday, Keane lined up alongside Cristman and notched a debut goal too. Either way, I’d be surprised if Keane doesn’t become first choice in the LA strike force. I doubt he would make a commitment without some assurances. Who knows. Time will tell.
Keane’s arrival in LA would probably mean Landon Donovan playing on the left hand side of midfield indefinitely (with license to cut in and push up as the play dictates). David Beckham is also more than capable to play the ball into Keane’s feet as well as playing Keane through the defence and over the top. We saw a recent example of this for Keane’s debut goal. Beckham and Keane will set the Home Depot Centre alight.
On the flipside, Keane hasn’t been playing many games as of late. The lack of Premier League sides in for Keane also surprised me somewhat. Keane is only 31. Perhaps he feels he can’t hack it with the elite anymore or maybe he wants to settle in California, who wouldn’t?.
Robbie Keane will become LA Galaxy’s latest star player and in turn will be expected to hit the ground running. MLS is a league not on par with the Premier League so Keane should be able to get in his stride quickly and get in amongst the goals. That said, Keane hasn’t exactly been playing regularly at Tottenham Hotspur and when he was on loan at West Ham United Keane was a mitigated disaster. Missing glorious chances (never mind mishitting the ball) will not go down well with the LA Galaxy faithful.