Robbie Keane: Coming to a Premier League club near you soon?

Robbie Keane

The Republic of Ireland international has been in scintillating form for LA Galaxy but don’t rule out a January loan return with Euro 2016 looming.

World Cup winner David Villa could only watch as new club New York City were humbled in a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of LA Galaxy with one fellow international legend leading the charge.

At 35 years of age, Robbie Keane is very much in the twilight of his career but those watching on in Major League Soccer wouldn’t know it.

In 137 outings to date for the Galaxy, the Irishman has scored a sensational 87 goals and if anyone thought the former Tottenham and Liverpool man was slowing down, they are sadly mistaken.

That’s because after notching up 18 goals in 19 games for the Galaxy already this season, the veteran forward is on course for his best ever season stateside.

Over his past 10 competitive outings, for instance, Keane has scored 15 times.

It’s that kind of record that could yet convince a struggling Premier League side to send an S.O.S to the Irishman before the season is out.

Let’s be clear about one thing: Keane wants to say in America, having expressed as much in an interview with

"This league is the league that people want to be in -- there's no question about that. I get phone calls all the time from international players that want to come here and want to play, play in this league," he said.

"Years ago, there were certain leagues where people wanted to go and play, and it was exciting for them. This is the league now."

But one thing that could convince Keane to return to the Premier League is the fast approaching 2016 European Championships in France.

Keane might be the Republic of Ireland’s record caps holder, but that won’t guarantee him a place in Martin O’Neill’s squad, should they progress.

But what could cement his status as the Green Army’s go-to goalscorer is a short loan stint in the Premier League.

Keane certainly has form in this respect too having moved on loan to Aston Villa in January 2012 in part to ensure he remained in Giovanni Trappattoni’s plans for the Ireland squad that went to Euro 2012.

It was a move that helped all concerned, with the Irishman netting three crucial league goals in seven appearances for the Villans.

The Midlands may not need him just yet, but teams struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League have never been afraid of gambling on MLS talent.

Kei Kamara was once recruited by Norwich City from the US a few years back while Sunderland spent big on bringing Jermain Defoe to the Stadium of Light.

With Major League Soccer enjoying notably more coverage after Sky Sports gained the rights to live coverage, Keane remains very much in the public eye.

He may not be the first choice for many teams and certainly represents a short-term solution but what he brings in goals and experience could prove the difference between Premier League survival and relegation to the Championship for one team.

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