The former Tottenham forward made his first appearance in a 3-2 win over West Ham – winning a penalty to boot.
Friday marks the 15th anniversary of Robbie Keane’s signing for Tottenham Hotspur.
On September 15, 2002 Keane first wore the famous white shirt as Spurs took on West Ham, with the attacker winning a penalty which Teddy Sheringham converted in a 3-2 win. He would score his first of many goals in a 2-1 win away to Blackburn three weeks later (in the video below from the club’s Twitter account).
After arriving from Leeds United for £7 million (BBC Sport), Keane shone for the Lilywhites either side of a switch to Liverpool.
He took in loans to West Ham and Celtic as he drifted from the starting eleven for Spurs, before impressing for LA Galaxy in the MLS.
The skilful forward, now a veteran set to feature in the Indian Super League for Atletico de Kolkata – under the management of former Spurs strike partner Sheringham no less – was a signing that sparked a spell of development for Tottenham, who until then had been stuck in mid-table.
His first three years saw much of the same, but Keane was a central figure as Martin Jol established the North Londoners as a top five team with successive 5th place finishes starting in 2005/06.
Despite his Tottenham career being split into two halves – the first of which was especially successful – Keane goes down as one of the clubs top strikers, certainly in the modern era.
The 37-year-old netted 122 goals in 306 games for Spurs, spanning nine seasons at White Hart Lane, with 107 of those goals coming in his first spell.
Keane added 15 goals in 52 games after returning from a difficult move to Anfield.
Tottenham have another talismanic striker at their disposal right now, with homegrown 24-year-old Harry Kane already on an astonishing 103 goals in just 170 games. If he reproduces his form from the past few seasons this year he will bypass Keane in nearly half the time.