Coventry City manager
Gordon Strachan has heaped praise on striker Robbie Keane after the £6 million man
tormented lowly Watford.
The 19-year-olds 17th minute strike was his sixth for the club in ten
Premiership games, but it was his all round game that has most impressed the City boss.
Strachan described Keanes precocious talent as "among the best in
Europe" and is convinced that the player would be a hit in any team in the world.
However, Keane is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and admits he is just grateful
to Coventry for giving his a Premiership stage to showcase his talents.
"It is flattering to have Gordon say that but I am just happy to be in the
"I have always believed in my own ability. I know that people said could I do it
at a higher level but by the time I came here I had played for the Republic nine times
against the likes of Argentina and I had done the business.
"I am always striving to be a better player and I believe that Gordon Strachan can
help me achieve that aim."
Coventrys next home match will see Keane pit his wits against Citys
Midlands rivals Aston Villa which will have added spice considering that the teenager
almost signed for the Birmingham side.
Villa boss John Gregory made a £5.75 million offer for Keane but would not pay the
extra £250,000 that Wolves were demanding. The match will also see the first return of
Dion Dublin and George Boateng to Highfield Road.
game against Watford was also an important one for veteran goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic
despite the fact that he never got onto the field of play.
The 42-year-old was back in the first-team squad for the first time in eight months
after recovering from an operation to fuse a disc in his neck.