Robbie happy on the White Hart Lane bench, apparently not.
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ROBBIE KEANE’S long-term future at Tottenham is on the line after a spiky exchange with Harry Redknapp.
Keane responded in the dressing room after coming on as a substitute during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
The Republic of Ireland striker came on with 24 minutes left and Redknapp felt he had chances to level for Spurs.
Although it was all heat of the moment, Keane fears that he may have to look elsewhere in the January transfer window.
Redknapp sent him on in the 89th minute of the stunning Champions League victory over Dutch champions FC Twente.
He was completely overlooked the following weekend when Redknapp left him on the bench for the 2-1 win against Aston Villa.
Keane began Tottenham’s pre-season in sparkling form, but was almost sold on transfer deadline day.
Turkish giants Besiktas made an offer for the £65,000-a-week Spurs striker, but he turned it down.
He has been unable to force his way into the Spurs team this season and has scored just once for his club. (News of the World)
A player of Robbie Keane’s age and experience knows that being stuck on the bench is a retrograde step and one can see why the Irishman wanted to see how things panned out this season and had hoped that maybe he would have more of a part to play in the club’s maiden Champions League voyage but it has not proved the case and now it seems that come January he may be off to pastures new.
Even with Jermaine Defoe sidelined the 30 year old striker has only stated one Premier League match and just 76 minutes of action in Europe and when the transfer window re-opens it seems highly likely that should offers come in for the former Leeds, Coventry, Wolves, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Celtic man then he may well feel he has no choice other than to leave White Hart Lane.
Would Tottenham fans encourage Robbie to leave or do they think he still has a part to play? We are after all talking about a player who has netted an impressive 122 goals in 235 starts for the north London club.