Monday 20 November 2017

Keane a clever signing -- Bent

DARREN Bent believes Robbie Keane can bring plenty of experience and goals to Villa Park during his anticipated two-month loan spell.

The England international, who has been linked with a move to Anfield in the transfer window, has been impressed with the Ireland captain's performance and shape in training.

"My old team-mate from Tottenham has been training with us and looks on the verge of a two-month loan deal at Villa," he said.

"I just think it is a clever move for Villa. It's a top signing.

"He's a great player and has been for many years. He trained with the lads for the past few days and looks razor sharp. He looks fit and really up for the challenge.

"There's no doubt Keano will give absolutely everything during his time here. He knows the game inside out and, from what I have seen from him so far, he is as bright as a button.

"He will help all the other strikers here but, more importantly, he'll help Villa. He will bring goals too."

Keane is expected to tie up his loan move to Villa in the next 24 hours and to be in contention to make his debut against Everton -- and his LA Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan -- in Saturday's Premier League clash at Villa Park.

Villa manager Alex McLeish hopes Keane can provide the same sort of spark as Thierry Henry -- another MLS loan player -- has achieved since rejoining Arsenal.

New York Red Bulls striker Henry marked the start of his second spell at Arsenal by scoring the winner in the FA Cup triumph over Leeds on Monday.


McLeish said: "I saw Thierry Henry's goal the other night and it was a fantastic moment regardless of which team you support.

"I thought 'wow, it would be good if Robbie can make that kind of impact'."

Keane moved to Galaxy from Tottenham last summer after spending the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United.

But he is keen to maintain his sharpness during the current close season in America ahead of skippering his country in this summer's European Championship finals. Villa fit the bill for the 31-year-old and McLeish hopes Keane's experience can aid his young squad, especially with Emile Heskey sidelined for a month with his Achilles injury.

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