10 December 2008

Is Keane the right man in the wrong team? — Robbie Keane could be remembered as the new Crouch rather than the new Daglish

LFC bought Keane because of the silverware he won with Spurs...

Surely, we didn't expect among his contribution is to block our own strike to the goal... hahaha

This is an article I found in The Guardian UK. It was written by Paul Doyle. Good reading. Very analytical towards Keane. I repeat ANALYTICAL and not CRITICAL - you hear kajang-today? :

If it takes a big man to admit he's made a mistake, it takes a true colossus to fess up to a £20m blunder. So all hail Rafael Benítez, whose recent demotion of Robbie Keane to somewhere below David Ngog and Nabil El Zahr in the Anfield pecking order suggests the Spaniard goofed with his major summer signing.
But if Benítez has committed an error, what precisely is it? Buying a bad player? Hardly. The Irishman has certainly been sloppy in front of goal since arriving at
Liverpool, so much so that you could probably compile a comedy Christmas DVD of his air-swipes (careful how you say that) and shanks. But it does not make sense to claim Keane is out of his depth; he did not step up from an inferior league — the teams against whom he is failing to score now are the very ones he regularly tormented before arriving at Anfield. To an extent, Keane did not need to raise his game after joining Liverpool so much as continue doing what he has always done.
So far he has only perpetuated the negative side of his game. Fluffing chances is nothing new for Keane. He has never been especially clinical, and frequently been a frustrating finisher. Yet his goal tallies have always been good because he usually compensated for elementary errors with flashes of ingenuity. It is this part of the equation that has been mostly missing at Liverpool. The question is why?
Some, ignoring the fact that Keane has exuded energy and enthusiasm even during his most inept displays this season (to the point, indeed, of at times appearing altogether too frantic in his eagerness to succeed), claim the striker has become complacent since achieving his dream move. His extravagant miss at Atlético Madrid is often cited as proof. But Keane has always been prone to over-elaboration, not because he is arrogant but because he has a deeply ingrained and often admirable tendency to shun simplicity. Only in that sense is it fair to suggest Keane can be indisciplined — as an instinctive, even giddy performer, he defies rigidity. Previously this could be a strength: at Tottenham Dimitar Berbatov, though also an impromptu inventor, provided a sort of structure, while Keane flitted freely around him. Similarly, for the Republic of Ireland, for whom he is the highest scorer of all time, Keane has usually wandered in another's orbit, first that of Niall Quinn or Tony Cascarino, more recently that of Kevin Doyle. At Liverpool, however, Keane has not been used in this way.
This is not necessarily Benítez's fault. He originally planned to partner Keane with Fernando Torres, assigning the Irishman the No7 jersey before prophesising that the pair would emulate the heroics of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. Alas, Torres's injuries have mostly thwarted this plot and Keane has found himself serving as the tip of a 4-2-3-1. Badly. Exuberant invention is not a key quality in this role — speed and systematic finishing are more important, yet Keane is not, and never has been, endowed with either. Nor, as suggested above, does he have the tactical focus to be a lone fulcrum up front; that, at least, is learnable, though perhaps Keane has not been progressing as rapidly as Benítez would like. If it's true the striker is in the manager's bad books, it's perhaps because of that rather than any crass misbehaviour. In that regard he may be slightly similar to Milan Baros, whose scatterbrainedness exasperated the equally technocratic Gérard Houllier, both at Liverpool and Lyon.
The problem now for Keane is that, originally because of Torres's injury but increasingly, you imagine, because of the shocking good form of Dirk Kuyt, Benítez appears intent on sticking with 4-2-3-1. He said as much after last month's Bolton game, during which Keane was replaced by Torres after 59 minutes. When Torres returns for good, Keane will again be the odd man out.
Benítez may have rubbished reports he's about to cut his (presumably substantial)
losses on Keane in January, but for the foreseeable future it seems that the Irishman's role will be condemned to trying to stake a claim on the infrequent occasions that the manager elects to revert to a 4-4-2. He will have to be truly outstanding to convince Benítez to make that switch permanent. Keane may soon find he is not the new Dalglish, but the new Peter Crouch.


Anonymous said...

hye ther...
Long live Liverpool!

jom join

meiguoren said...

hmm... i'm still wondering why robbie isn't finding the back of the net regularly... if you've seen him in the past,he's known as the technical kind of player, the kind that find the back of the net which made people go 'WOW!'... his technique is absolutely outstanding... lack of confidence? hmm...



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