Leeds must consider free agent Robbie Keane for glorious career ending SOS

13 Oct 2001:  Robbie Keane of Leeds is tackled by Stephane Henchoz of Liverpool during the Liverpool v Leeds United FA Barclaycard Premiership match at Anfield, Liverpool. Mandatory Credit:...

Leeds United are one injury away from a striker crisis.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa takes his bucket seat as the match kicks off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 31,...

Leeds United losing Patrick Bamford through injury until January was a big blow and for the moment the Whites plan to get by with what they have.

An injury to Kemar Roofe would surely mean the Whites have to re-assess, rather than expect Tyler Roberts, Ryan Edmondson and Sam Dalby to lead a promotion charge on their own.

The free agent market isn't great.

Jerry Mbakogu, Lacina Traore, Darren Bent. Sure they might do a job in the short term, but none would be as exciting as bringing back Robbie Keane.

 

Keane, 38, is without a club after last playing for Indian side ATK.

The Republic of Ireland record goalscorer has not retired and is keeping his cards close to his chest over his future, perhaps waiting for the right offer for one final swansong.

Answering an SOS from Leeds United would be just what he needs.

Leeds are a club who he played for between 2001 and 2002, with the Whites paying £11 million to sign him from Inter Milan.

Robbie Keane #7 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick in the second half of their MLS match against D.C. United at StubHub Center on March 6, 2016 in Carson,...

The Whites have a strong Irish fan base and if he was needed amid an injury crisis, a Keane comeback would give everybody at the club a huge lift when they most need it.

An experienced head who knows the club would be exactly who is required to guide the young talents through, if they are put into that position.

Celtic fans were clamouring for their club to re-sign Keane at the weekend after his performance for them in a charity game.

If Leeds have it their way, Roofe will stay fit, Bamford will make a swift return, and Roberts or one of the teenage talents will step up.

If instead of that best case scenario, circumstances head for the worst, Leeds must consider an emergency move for Keane to keep their promotion hopes on track.

13 Oct 2001:  Robbie Keane of Leeds is tackled by Stephane Henchoz of Liverpool during the Liverpool v Leeds United FA Barclaycard Premiership match at Anfield, Liverpool. Mandatory Credit:...

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