Friday, March 03, 2006

Today's News from White Hart Lane

It has been announced that Robbie Keane has signed a four year extension to his contract with Tottenham. He was signed on 31st August 2002, transfer deadline day, from Leeds United and was introduced to the White Hart Lane faithful prior to the start of that afternoon's game against Southampton.

His scoring record for Spurs is good:

2002-03 29 League App - 13 goals
1 FA Cup App.
2 League Cup App.

2003-04 34 League App - 14 goals
3 FA Cup App. - 1 goal
4 League Cup App. - 1 goal

2004-05 35 League App. - 11 goals
6 FA Cup App. - 3 goals
4 League Cup App. - 3 goals

2005-06 25 League App. - 8 goals
1 FA Cup App.
1 League Cup App.

Total: 123 League App. 46 goals 11 FA Cup App. 4 goals
11League Cup App. 4 goals

In addition, he is the Republic of Ireland's record goal scorer with goals from International appearances, having scored many important goals for his country in Their World Cup and European Championship campaigns.

For the past two season's he has had to share the striker role for Spurs as the position has been rotated. This year he has had reduced opportunities as Martin Jol initially opted for Jermaine Defoe to partner Mido. However, Robbie waited for his opportunity which came before Christmas and he showed that he hadn't lost his scoring touch. Jol made him captain in the absence of Ledley King and he has now been made captain of his country by new manager Steve Staunton.

Having signed this extended contract, it takes away uncertainty about his future at Tottenham and the possibility of losing his cheaply as his contract draws to a close. Hopefully we will see more of his cartwheel celebrations after he has scored more goals for Spurs.

Teemu Taino has been added to the Spurs squad for the game against Blackburn on Sunday. He returns from injury having missed the last two games following an injury in the first half against Charlton. He had only just returned having been injured against Villa at the ned of January. He is an important member of the aquad and his inclusion will improve Martin Jol's options especially on the left of midfield.

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