Robbie Keane Too Old And Expensive For Newcastle


There is a lot of  talk on Tyneside that Robbie Keane could be joining Newcastle United.

Robbie Keane – too expensive for Newcastle

We remember back in January, 2005 when Robbie was available from Spurs, but then Newcastle manager Graeme Souness wasn’t interested in the player, who we could have bought fairly cheaply at that time.

Robbie is a player, much like our own Kevin Nolan, who has fire in his belly, and could be an excellent player for Newcastle.

And of course Newcastle manager Chris Hughton knows Robbie Keane well,  from his time at White Hart Lane as assistant coach and sometime caretaker manager.

But we think the time for Keane to come to Newcastle has gone, and we cannot afford his transfer fee, which will be substantial, or his wages, which will be too high, given the current determination to curtail Newcastle’s huge wage bill.

Robbie cost Liverpool £20M in July, 2008, and while he would be cheaper now, he doesn’t fit with Newcastle’s new policy of signing younger players, whose best days are still ahead of them.

But the Ireland captain also turns 30 years old in July, so he is too old for Newcastle, and although we think he would have been great at Newcastle earlier in his career, we will not sign him, even if we could now afford the player.

What do you think?

Comments always welcome.


23 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Yea he’s too old n lil bit expensive. We dont need that much big signings as we cannot afford it now at this stage. We need some young fresh blood ones who can give their 200 percent for the club.HOWAY THE LADS

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  • gillettp

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    He is exactly what we need if you ask me. Someone who will score loads of goals, vastly experienced, a leader on the pitch and likes to play with big men like Carroll.

    might be a bit to expensive at the moment which is a shame cause we definitely need some one like robbie. if we can afford his transfer and wages i’d take him

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  • Newutd

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreeing with india here.

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think he would raise anything close to the figure Liverpool paid for him now, maybe 12mill max. I think a lot will depend on wether Spurs get 4th place and champions league, if that happens don’t be surprised to see Gudjohnson signed permanently, Keane sold and potentially an another attempt at signing Klass Jan Huuntalaar, who has not impressed at Milan and who are reportedly keen on signing Benzema from Real. In that case i can see Harry willing to flog Keane on the cheap.

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  • Darling27

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    No

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Another DOGmichaelowenTURD
    No thank you

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Kevin Prince Boateng?

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Wikipedia says Oba Martins is 31, hahaha!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #9

    ALBIN is the man.

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    i like the look of Albin too, but i think we should look to follow Wigan, and perhaps with the help of Jonas and Colo, look at some young talented Argies in the future?

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 18, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Useless at Liverpool, useless at Spurs, couldn’t even score against Ross County last week? Mmm. let me think…. yeah, we’ll have him!

    So, Ed, the Owen trophy signing virus strikes back; will we EVER learn to spot a pup at 10 paces? The fact so many think he would be a good buy is frightening. It’s times like this I’m almost glad we have Mike Ashley as owner ’cause at least he has more business sense.

    Only one thing to do now if this nonsense continues, cut the transfer budget again, Mike, so we are forced to get some decent players tis summer. We’ll learn one day (maybe after a couple more relegations it will finally sink in).

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  • darryl burleigh

    Apr 18, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    how can anyone say robbie keane is not good enough!?!? we need some one just like him to help the progression of our young strikers!! robbie can score 15 + goals a season in the premiership alone giving the opportunity and the deliveries! we have two excellent wingers now, who could deliver the perfect ball to him and carrol! it could be like shearer and bellamy combo again!!! that was entertaining!!

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  • Wigaz

    Apr 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree totally with darryl. Ed how can say keane isn’t good enough 4 us or too old! He’s a top class player that is tailor made 4 us. I kno you love mike ashley & his new regime but if we have a chance 2 get keane then we should snap him up! He’ll get 15-20 next season 4 us & carroll & him would rip defences apart.

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 18, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14

    LOAN!!!!

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  • fongct

    Apr 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #15

    will definitely take him, proven goal scorer, can also solve our creative problem because he has creative too, has leadership, hardworking and have lots of experience for our young players to learn from….he is exactly what we need…will be delighted if we can get him

    but I doubt he will join us, according to the rumours, Aston Villa see him as their top target….and we cant afford him anyway…so forget it

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  • Ezedoesit

    Apr 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Too expensize…Get STEVEN FLETCHER instead!

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  • yuwing

    Apr 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #17

    we should buy him, he is a star player that we can depend on other than Nolan, remember that championship is different from PL and we need good and experienced player.

    with him and carroll on front,
    guti,nolan,barton and peter on midfield, i guarantee newcastle a place for next 2 season!!

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  • xfer

    Apr 18, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Well, we need experience in the squad, we cant sign all young players. I would expect 1 or 2 experience player to steady the ship further.

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  • Newutd

    Apr 18, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Alot of weird opinions here…
    I’m agreeing 100 % with Cpt. Beefheart, and therefore I will copy his text, and hopefully enlighten some of you guys (who might have missed it).

    Useless at Liverpool, useless at Spurs, couldn’t even score against Ross County last week? Mmm. let me think…. yeah, we’ll have him!

    So, Ed, the Owen trophy signing virus strikes back; will we EVER learn to spot a pup at 10 paces? The fact so many think he would be a good buy is frightening. It’s times like this I’m almost glad we have Mike Ashley as owner ’cause at least he has more business sense.

    Only one thing to do now if this nonsense continues, cut the transfer budget again, Mike, so we are forced to get some decent players tis summer. We’ll learn one day (maybe after a couple more relegations it will finally sink in).

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  • winaldo

    Apr 18, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    this is the type of player were gonna need to score goals i dont think that thug carroll is good enough for prem

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  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Useless at Spurs? Are you having a laugh?
    Is that the same Robbie Keane who scored 91 in 231 appearances in his two spells at Spurs? Or 41 in 91 appearances for Republic of Ireland, who he captains! (a team that should be at the World Cup).

    He wasn’t given a chance at Liverpool and Harry Redknapp said he loaned him to his boyhood club, because he preferred to start Crouch and Defoe and Keane wasn’t happy to warm the bench. That Robbie Keane? You are mental!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Robbie Keane is still a good striker. However Newcastle does not need to go spend 15 million on one player anymore. I agree that he might be a good fit here but not 15 million and 100,000 a week good fit.

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  • fongct

    Apr 19, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #23

    for me, people is thinking too much, and it is a bit silly to claim R.Keane isnt good enough for bottom half teams….he can easily walk into teams from 9th to 20th…

    yes, he was useless at Liverpool, but he didnt stay there just to sit on the bench and just to pick up his wages, didnt he?….so many good players are willing to do that…also we arnt Liverpool, are we?….he isnt good enough for liverpool squad doesnt mean he isnt good enough for us now…

    he is so useless for spurs that spurs was willing to pay back 12M to sign him back?…so useless that he consistently scored double feature for them in the league every season…if so, I want this useless striker

    I never claim Keane is a great striker…but saying Keane isnt good enough for a bottom half teams simply not true…. as for can we afford him is another matter

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