Liverpool's big summer signing, Robbie Keane, is facing a tough time trying to justify his £20.3 million price tag.
The ever-so-optimistic British media branded the deal as the best of the summer, hailing Rafa Benitez for his sharp eye for players.
Meanwhile, the skeptics instantly jumped on the criticism wagon, tagging the deal a waste of money; they saw that the player was good, but won't be able to live up to the expectations at Anfield.
Such is the case up until now. Keane has only scored four goals in 23 appearances.
And now even the most vibrant Reds fan would admit that Keane is not exactly the big signing Liverpool needed.
After hailing the best signing of the summer, step two in killing a player's future for the football media is to start linking him to every other club if his goal-drought stretches with time.
Keane has clearly not delivered the amazing displays he was brought to bring to Anfield. But it is not his fault. Hyping a good player doesn't make him rise to the world-class level.
Keane has potential—there is no question about that. He has an excellent record with his previous club, Tottenham, where he has scored 107 goals in 197 appearances.
He might be feeling the strain of moving clubs and having to adapt quickly to life in a new city in a new home, with new friends and a new coach.
That's the human side of the story that the media never mentions.
Stories linking Robbie Keane to a move back to Spurs are as futile as calling a tribute to a footballer an "article."
It won't happen. At least it shouldn't. Keane should not move back to Tottenham—or any other club, for that matter.
This is a player who can give his team a lot once he fits in.
Liverpool fans should be patient. Maybe Keane can find himself again.
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