Robbie Keane good enough for Premiership

Updated: January 22, 2012

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has said that he would be thrilled if two-goal hero Robbie Keane decided to return to the Premier League on a permanent basis.

Currently on loan from LA Galaxy, Keane scored twice on his debut for the midlands club. Asked if Keane deserved a bigger stage than the MSL, McLeish said: “It’s one of these things he’s chosen to do. It is up to Robbie. If he feels he wants to come back to the Premiership, I’m sure there would be some welcoming arms. I would like to think we’d be interested. We brought him in. He’s paid his dues with that magnificent performance today.

“It was two great strikes. Robbie has done that throughout his career and it was no surprise to see him getting on the scoresheet. The winner was spectacular. Not many people shoot from outside the box these days but Keane has done that a few times over the years. They were two sublime strikes.”

With the Major League Soccer season currently on a break, stars such as Keane and David Beckham have decided to return to Europe to ply their trade. The Irish skipper has already proven his worth on this stage and it will be interesting to see if he is courted by Premiership clubs once the US season resumes.

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