Why Aston Villa should bring Robbie Keane back to the Premier League

The Irishman previously thrived during a short stint in claret and blue and could help push Aston Villa up the Premier League table.

With Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp already expressing a desire to bring Robbie Keane back to the Premier League this January, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert could do worse than sound out the striker over a temporary move to the Midlands.

The Rs boss wasted no time in admitting his eagerness to recruit the forward, who he previously worked alongside at Tottenham, reportedly stating that "Keane would be a good shout" for a short-term loan deal next month in a press conference held on Monday.

But Keane has remained tight-lipped on his future, having just starred in LA Galaxy’s MLS Cup victory over New England Revolution.

"First and foremost, I've got to worry about myself," he told MLSSoccer.com "I have to worry about what I'm going to do. I've had a tremendous four years here.

"I need a vacation and to see what next year holds for me first. I'll look at that first and see what's best for Robbie Keane instead of worrying about anybody else."

But if the 34-year-old is serious about putting himself first then surely a January move to the Premier League is likely.

After all, if Keane wants to continue playing for the Republic of Ireland at international level then regular football is a must.

And with the Green Army on course to qualify for the 2016 European Championships in France, in what could well prove to be Keane's international swan song, a move to the English top-flight would surely suit all concerned.

QPR may be the current front-runners to land the ex-Liverpool, Coventry and Spurs striker but the reality is that a move to Aston Villa would make for a much more palatable prospect.

The Rs are likely to recruit additional strikers in January - with fellow MLS star Jermain Defoe the obvious example - and competition for places is likely to be fierce with both Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora faring well for the Londoners so far this term and Eduardo Vargas waiting in the wings.

Furthermore, as QPR are deep in the relegation mire, Keane could find chances to impress few and far between, given that the Loftus Road side have often had to play on the back foot this term.

Villa, meanwhile, offer a different set of circumstances altogether with the Midlands club enduring something of an injury crisis in attack.

Libor Kozak remains sidelined while Christian Benteke is back on the pitch but far from the player he was prior to his long-term Achilles tendon injury, meaning there is definitely space for another striker capable of leading the line for the Villans.

And in that regard Keane represents the ideal fit, having filled the very same void two years ago during a January loan that saw him score three goals in six games.

With Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill likely to have more than a few friends still knocking around at Villa Park and likely to give both himself and namesake Roy Keane plenty of reports on the 34-year-old’s progress, the more you look at it the more it represents the ideal fit for all concerned.

Having scored 23 goals in 37 games for the Galaxy last term, Keane’s also the best short-term option currently residing Stateside and Villa would be mad to not at least contact the striker over a move if they harbour any ambitions for the remainder of the season.

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