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There is a reason that Bradley chose Roy Keane as the man he wants to emulate. When you think of Keane, you think of success. Keane has one of the most decorated Premier League careers in the entire history of the league.
Keane won the Premier League title seven times in his career, five of them as captain of Manchester United. In addition, he won four FA Cups, two of them as captain, and as captain he led United to the 1999 Champions League title despite being suspended for the final.
In addition to all the glory Keane led United to, he also collected a slew of individual awards throughout his career, including both the FWA and PFA Player of the Year awards for the 2000 season.
For Bradley, the first step is establishing himself in the Villa first team and securing a permanent move to the club. Once he does that, if Bradley raises his game in the other aforementioned areas, he could be on track to become the captain at Aston Villa.
As captain of Villa, Bradley must lead the club up the table, with realistic goals in mind. Winning any trophy, whether it is the League Cup or the FA Cup, would be a tremendous success for the club. If he could lead them to two trophies, he would immediately go down in Villa lore, especially from the Premier League era.
Within the league, if Bradley led Aston Villa to a fourth-place finish and a spot in the Champions League, he would become a Villa hero forever.
These goals cannot be met overnight. For now Bradley must concentrate on playing his way into the team and being able to stay at Villa long-term.
It is very difficult to emulate the great career of Roy Keane. While Michael Bradley will most likely not achieve the same amount of success that Keane had during his career, if he can bring success to Aston Villa, the Aston Villa fans will think of him the same way that the Manchester United fans think of Keane. That is about as much as Bradley can ask for and is a great way of emulating the great Roy Keane.