Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Keane's on fire... and other Spurs news

So despite my pre-match pessimism, Keane was on hand to score his 23rd goal of the season against Reading on Saturday to condemn them to even larger relegation worries. But rather than worrying about them I thought it fair to pay tribute to our stand-in captain who has had another terrific season at the club.

This season’s goal haul of 23, one better than last season, was achieved in 53 appearances giving him a game-to-goal ratio of 2.3. Compare that to last season and it’s not quite as good (22 goals in only 44 games, i.e. a goal every other game). But compare it to his pre-Tottenham days of 3.1 and it’s very impressive.

Enough of the stats, we all know that Keano is a legend. After several years of moving around pretty frequently he has now been at WHL for nearly six years and there are no signs that he’s off anywhere very soon. My only concern though is how he will fare without Berba around next season. Keane may have always been a decent player, but it’s only really in the last couple of seasons that you could say he’s become a great. And it has been during that time that he’s been able to form an “almost telepathic” understanding with our Bulgarian hit man. Next season will therefore be an interesting one for him.

When the transfer window closed on January 31st this year I was resigned to the fact that Berba wouldn’t be with us for the start of next season. The rumours and speculation seem to be mounting, and if you are to believe other Spurs websites it seems that AC Milan is the likely destination. If that’s the case I’d be pretty pleased. For him to stay in England would be tough, and for him to move to a club not in the Champions League would be crazy… therefore AC Milan sounds like a sensible destination. Let’s just hope Levy and Comolli can agree a fee of at least £25 million with the Italians.

In other news there has also been quite a lot happening…

It is looking likely that Martin Jol will take over at Hamburg. As regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of BMJ so wish him well there. And as with Berba, I’d rather he didn’t ply his trade in England, although there is a chance we could come across HSV in next season’s UEFA Cup (perhaps meet them in the final in Turkey next May)?!?!

Our new kits have been launched and they are not dissimilar to the ones I previewed on this blog last week. The official ones, unveiled yesterday are shown below:

And finally, despite last year’s pledge from Levy that he is to reveal the plans for a new or enlarged stadium by the end of June 2008, it seems that more time is required to finalise the future blueprint. The Daily Mail believes that a new 50,000-seater stadium will be built adjacent to the current stadium and the only delays are finance related, but according to the official Tottenham website no decision has been made as yet. I’ll discuss my views on the future stadium at a later date.

I think that’s it for a round-up. Time to do some work…

4 comments:

peposhi said...

All i see is Berba's off. I hope Keano will have same or better results at the end of the next season, but i dought very much in that - he'll miss Berba...

Anonymous said...

maybe berba will miss keano!he wern't exactly prolific before their partnership either
coys

Anonymous said...

Hopefully he'll be ok without Berbatov. His highest premiership tally of 16 came in 2005-06 when he was largely partnered by Mido.

Greekos said...

Keano has benefitted from having a quality player to link up with in the form of Berba. He can do that with Modric now from midfield which is what happens in top 4 clubs(strikers linking up with the midfield). Give him a quality out-and-out striker to pair up with. Bent or Etoo Or Villa would be perfect. Thats if we play 4-4-2. I have posted on various websites that there is a good possiblity that were gonna be playin 4-3-3 next year so its all down to the formation next year to how Keano will play.