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Dublin: 9 °C Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Fifteen years since his debut, a reminder of just how good Robbie Keane was for Tottenham

When a 22-year-old Irishman left Leeds for London in 2002…

ROBBIE KEANE HAS represented plenty of clubs during his playing career — insert ‘boyhood dream’ joke here — but the one he’s most synonymous with is Tottenham Hotspur.

On this day in 2002, Keano — on the back of scoring three times for Ireland at the World Cup — made his Spurs debut in a 3-2 win against West Ham at White Hart Lane.

Soccer - FA Barclaycard Premiership - Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Robbie Keane tangling with Ireland team-mate Gary Breen during his debut for Tottenham against West Ham. Source: EMPICS Sport

He didn’t score that day, but plenty of goals were to come from the 22-year-old Dubliner following his move from Leeds United.

During two spells with the North London outfit, Keane hit the net 122 times in 236 games and won the League Cup in 2008. Tottenham have used their social media platforms today to pay tribute to a player who’s still revered by their supporters.

As you can see, some of his goals were of the highest quality.

At the age of 37, Keane is now set to continue his career in India with Atletico de Kolkata, but Ireland’s all-time leading goalscorer will always be fondly remembered by Spurs fans.

‘I think it’s the biggest game of my career because I didn’t get to any finals over in England’

‘That feeling and desire had left me through injuries and the different setbacks I had in England’

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