Posts Tagged 'summer transfers'

The #7 With A Smile

Take a look at Liverpool’s new #7.

Watch a big chunk of his introductory interview over on the BBC.

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Robbie Keane

£19 million (plus add-on’s) brings Robbie Keane to Anfield, to the club he supported as a lad.

Because of his age – 28 – I’m not going to put this up as a great piece of buisness (like Torres). But, it’s still a great buy.

The resume paints a simple picture: Captain of Ireland. The country’s leading scorer. He gets the business done, and importantly, has done it in the Premier League. At Tottenham, he notched 80 goals in 197 Premier League matches. 107 goals in 254 appearances in a Spurs shirt. We know he’ll hit the ground running. Robbie is in his prime.

And, by all accounts, he’s the kind of person who gets on well with everybody — exactly the type you want in the locker room — talented, passionate and engaging.

I’m quite excited with this signing as it adds another dangerous weapon to an already lethal attacking side. With this addition, the backline well-sorted and the embarassment of riches in the central midfield, I have to believe that the only real want is on the flanks. (Is there enough magic up Rafa’s sleeve to pull out a Silva?) Not that Kuyt and Babel didn’t/can’t get the job done, but an upgrade (more so on the right) could be The Difference. (well, that and sealing the goal-leaks we sprung in January)

I was going to write about how this will affect the way the team lines up, but I think ‘Oh, You Beauty’ has got the general idea already up. So, give it a read and I’ll muse on our on-the-pitch look come Preview time.

What I would like to put out into the ether right now is an edict that the Ordinary Ponytail (Voronin) relinquish the #10 shirt for our new Irish hitman.

Ready For A Cartwheel

Robbie Keane to Anfield for £18… I’m holding my breath as it should come to fruition rather soon.

More to follow…

The Newest Striker?

While some of us have been salivating over the possible arrival of one of the two Davids (especially Euro 2008 hat-trick supa-star and Torres striker partner, David Villa), the reality of landing such a prospect is/was sketchy at best (because of our deadbeat owners who are so far in above their fucking heads and sorely lack any financial firepower). Going a step further to throw cold water all over this dream is Rafa, who’s popped that Spanish balloon (unless it’s a clever ruse… a ruse… a cunning attempt to decieve), but has confirmed his interest in another possible, and until now, rumored target — Spurs’ Robbie Keane.

Rafa on Villa and Keane:

I said the other day that he is one of the names we had on our list, but I can say at this moment that it is not an option for us. We know Villa is a very good player, we know the price and we know the players we have, so when you consider everything we decided he was one of the names, but at this moment, not our target.

Keane is one of the other names and okay we are still working with other names. We were in contact and we will see now.

Now, I like Robbie Keane. He’s got plenty of talent, appears to be a decent human being, and has demonstrated his ability to do the business for various clubs. Yet, it would seem odd that Juande Ramos would be ready to jettison him so soon after arriving at the club. Granted, he’s already scored the servcies of young Dos Santos and is linked to Luis Garcia (no, not that one — the one from Espanyol), but the constant Berbatov-to-somewhere else (*cough*United*cough*) talk will likely mean that perception will eventually become reality. Keane isn’t going to come all that much cheaper than Villa (maybe 6 mil less?), so where is the cash coming from?

I still say we hold out and spend that chunk of change on David Silva. Let one of the youngsters (Nemeth, Brower) fill the fourth spot in the striker rotation.

(UPDATE: Keeping with the young striker thread, Liverpool have announced the signing of 17-year old forward, Dutchman (or is that Dutchboy?) Vincent Lucas Weijl. He joins the Reserves from AZ Alkmaar.)