Search

Tony Cottee column: West Ham can’t expect too much of Keane

PUBLISHED: 11:27 31 January 2011 | UPDATED: 11:39 31 January 2011

Robbie Keane has a fantastic goalscoring record.

Robbie Keane has a fantastic goalscoring record.

Archant

Lack of games could be a hinderence to new striker

NO-ONE can question the ability of Robbie Keane, but it is asking a lot for him to score the goals to save the club from the drop.

I have always been a huge fan and he is such a good goal scorer, but he has barely played for Spurs this season and his fitness could be in question.

There are just 14 games left in the season and it could take Robbie half a dozen to find his best form.

Let’s hope the coaches do a lot of specific coaching with him to help him get sharper.

He did well at Celtic last season and scored a lot of goals so I am sure he would have hoped to stake a claim for a regular spot at Spurs.

Unfortunately for him it has not quite worked out and he will be desperate to show what he can do and who knows, maybe secure a permanent deal, if West Ham don’t go down.

Demba Ba is another striker who has joined the club and it gives boss Avram Grant plenty of striking options.

There are nine strikers currently available to the manager now and he can’t use the lack of options as an excuse for not scoring goals!

One of the nine is Victor Obinna who hit a stunning hat trick against Nottingham Forest.

There have been times when he has looked so good for us this season, but his problem has been consistency.

Let’s hope this hat-trick will give him the confidence to really push on and make his mark.

Obvious I know, but they really do your confidence the World of good and I can tell you from personal experience that you are desperate to go out and get the same feeling you had when you scored a treble.

Forest was an odd game and although West Ham were poor in the first half, we played well in the second half, totally dominated and could have won a greater margin. It was pleasing we created so many chances.

Lee Camp played really well for Forest and made a number of good saves to keep them in it.

They kind of fell apart in the second period as Dele Adebola tired and they struggled to maintain possession.

The first half was a different story however and the visitors played really well. They pushed men forward and caused all sorts of problems.

We were all over the place in the first half, but we had made nine changes from the defeat against Birmingham last Wednesday and it took time for the players to gel.

The draw for the fifth round was kind and to play Burnley at home is a good draw.

Portsmouth only played one Premier League team on the road to the final last year and so far we have drawn three Championship sides.

Maybe Grant is a lucky omen?

I firmly believe the longer we stay in the FA Cup the better.

Wins breed confidence and it can create momentum.

Can you imagine how down would be if we had lost to Forest, on the back of that Carling Cup semi-final defeat to Birmingham last Wednesday?

Tony Cottee was talking to Matt Diner


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Latest East London Sports News

41 minutes ago

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton admits they’re missing special moments without fans in the ground as they head into another hectic week.

Yesterday, 13:00

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has backed English Football League chairman Rick Parry’s combative letter to the Government and revealed the toll on players caused by the continued absence of fans from matches.

Wed, 16:00

London Lions have added Great Britain centre Fahro Alihodzic to their roster as they approach the start of the domestic season and look to January’s FIBA Eurocup campaign.

Wed, 15:00

A programme to get more youngsters involved in outdoor sport is being started at Mile End stadium in the search for “the hockey stars of tomorrow”.

Wed, 13:00

West Ham United fan and budding journalist Kwame Boakye is feeling optimistic under manager David Moyes.

Wed, 10:00

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton was ‘disappointed’ that his side failed to push on after early lead as they drew 1-1 with Exeter City.

Tue, 20:55

League Two: Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1

Tue, 14:00

Lukasz Fabianski 7: Huge save to deny Raheem Sterling late on. Went right way and almost stopped Phil Foden’s goal.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Did you know? UCAS gets almost 3 million university applications from around 700,000 people each year. That’s a lot of competition. So how can your son or daughter stand out? 

With winter fast approaching, it is now more important than ever for us all to carry on following COVID-19 precautions to help stop the spread of the virus by always observing the three-tier local restrictions and remembering three key words – Hands, Face, Space.

The NHS COVID-19 app can make a real difference to how we all tackle the pandemic, protecting our loved ones and those most at risk from coronavirus. Everyone aged 16 and over across England and Wales can download the app for free and play their part in combating the pandemic.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Latest from the East London Advertiser