Coventry Citys left
back David Burrows, one of the most experienced players around the Premiership scene,
believes striker Robbie Keane is the best player for his age he has ever seen.
Keane has taken the Premiership by storm since Coventry paid out £6 million to buy the
young Irishman from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August.
"A wonderful investment by the club," declares Burrows. "Robbie is
without doubt the best player of his age I have ever seen. I was at Liverpool with Robbie
Fowler and good though he was, he was not in Keanes class.
"He is already worth £2 to £3 million more in the transfer market, and if he
keeps improving at the present rate he will prove to be a magnificent investment by this
Keane was also watched by former Coventry City and Wales manager Bobby Gould at
Highfield Road last weekend when the club beat Watford and he declared later than he
thought Keane was better than Michael Owen.
The young Irishman is not twenty until next July and has a glittering future ahead of
him. Coventry clearly will not be able to hold on to him for longer than a couple of
By then he will be ready to command huge wages which will put him out of
Coventrys bracket, but the club should make a huge profit on his sale.
He scored eleven goals in each of his two seasons at Wolves, but already he has scored
six goals in just ten Premiership matches for Coventry, as well as hitting the net for the
Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2000 qualifiers.
Meanwhile his champion Burrows has other things on his mind. His four match ban for a
sending off is over and now he has to try to wrest back his first team place from Marcus
Hall, who has deputised in the last six matches during which Coventry have been unbeaten.