So Birmingham have officially declared themselves out of the running to sign Robbie Keane as he does not ‘offer the best financial package’ (reportedly, say the Mirror, wanting an increase on his £65,000 a week package).
I talked about Keane back in September (Robbie Keane: Still a Wolves Legend?) and expressed the hope that last summer would be the last we heard of any interest in the striker. Realistically I don’t think we’ll see him here again in a Wolves shirt, but I’m surprised that so many people seem to want it.
Not only is he not the player he was, as witnessed by his inability to make an impact in the last few seasons, but up front is the last place we need to splash the cash to strengthen (defence first, please!), as we already have two club record signings and the excellent Ebanks-Blake.
More than that however, Keane’s readiness to sign for Birmingham should finally put to bed any belief we might have that this club is special to him more than as the place where his career started, and I’d hasten to add that he has every right to pursue the right career option for him.
I said it in September, and I’ll say it again (with some apology for being pompous enough to quote myself) because it’s only become more true:
I think the affection many Wolves fans still hold for Keane is over the top. He was a great player for us, and one who came up through the youth ranks (what we’d do for a few more of those now!), but he left, and has gone on to play for many more years for other teams. He was an important Wolves player, but in the same way as say Joleon Lescott, not the same way as Steve Bull. He moved on, and so have we.
The final nail in the coffin of my interest in Keane was his decision to move to Celtic last year. It was the right decision for him and there’s no reason to bear him any ill-will for it, but it does underline the fact that this mythical connection Wolves fans seem to feel for him only goes in one direction.
Other targets, please!