Sunday 02 February 2014

On this day in 2009: Keane makes return move to Spurs

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Robbie Keane re-joining Spurs from Liverpool

  • Robbie Keane re-joined Tottenham Hotspur six months after moving to Liverpool

  • The Republic of Ireland striker scored 126 goals in his Barclays Premier League career

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

2 February 2009 – Tottenham Hotspur re-sign striker Keane

Robbie Keane rejoined Tottenham Hotspur, just over six months after leaving White Hart Lane to become a Liverpool player.

The Republic of Ireland international had left Spurs the previous July to move to Anfield for around £20m. He made 19 appearances for the Reds in the Barclays Premier League, scoring five goals, before returning to north London on a four-year deal.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Tottenham in the first place and it turned out it was not the right move for me," Keane said. “Some Tottenham fans may feel I let them down but I will give this club my all. The club has terrific fans and I want to repay them for all their support. We have got to get on and fight our way up the table.”

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: “I’m very pleased to have signed him, he’s just the type of player we need – his enthusiasm and work-rate – and he’s a terrific character to have around the place.”

Chairman Daniel Levy added: “We never wanted Robbie to leave in the summer and we are delighted to have him back.”

Keane made his second Tottenham Hotspur debut in the north London derby against Arsenal, which finished goalless. His first goal came in a 4-0 win over Middlesbrough at the start of March and he was a regular for the rest of the season, hitting six goals, the last of which was, coincidentally, at Liverpool on the final day of the campaign.

Keane continued to find the net for Spurs during 2009-10 and scored four in a 5-0 defeat of Burnley but he began to be more of a substitute and in January was loaned to Celtic for the rest of the season.

Back at White Hart Lane for 2010-2011, he was used by Spurs as a regular substitute before embarking on another loan spell – this time with West Ham United.

In the summer of 2011 he left the club on a permanent basis, after making 189 full and 49 substitute appearances in the Barclays Premier League for the club and scoring 91 goals over two spells. He joined Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy.

Keane made a brief Barclays Premier League comeback at the start of 2012 when he was loaned to Aston Villa.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Robbie Keane re-joined Tottenham Hotspur from Liverpool