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.