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A Keane Return In January?

Paul Lambert has said he won't shy away from experienced loans if they can adjust to the group, because the team is the most important thing in his mind.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail the subject of Robbie Keane came up and loans in general:

'When January gets closer I'll start to think about things. Is it something I would go for? I'm not sure because the team is the most important thing for me. If they fit in and have the desire to do it, and want to do it, and fit in with the group then I will look at it. Robbie is a brilliant player and has been over the years. Would I sign experienced players? It's not something I'll turn away from.'

Keane was a revelation for us last time round, but I'm still not fond of short term signings that mainly benefit another. If we could get Robbie on a permanent deal I think he'd be an asset to us, and be somebody who the youngsters could learn lots from.

But without taking away his goals from last season, where might Weimann be had he have had those games under his belt?

As Lambert says though:

'This club is too big to be about a few individuals, it's about the team.'

And that includes not holding back potential stars.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 16 2012

Time: 4:32PM

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not sure, I don't like loans, but I do think his goals, especially v Wolves last season, kept us up. If we'd lost that game especially, I think we'd gone.
The Fear
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16/11/2012 16:34:00

Get him in can;t hurt can it :)
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16/11/2012 16:40:00

Would love Keane back, loan or permanent.
Green Villan
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16/11/2012 16:59:00

A yes from me.
Sheriff Kimbo
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16/11/2012 17:01:00

Cover for Stephen Ireland in the current system of playing methinkls
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16/11/2012 17:25:00

I'd definately go for him, loan or permanent. Hs experience, his eagerness would be infectious, specially this season with us having so many youngsters in and around the squad, they'd learn from him. He is just the role model youngsters need.
Pride of Lions
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16/11/2012 17:33:00

Don't see why not ............. help our youngsters having him around, help him keep fit too, win win situation.
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16/11/2012 17:46:00

Yes from me too, although I'd rather a permanent deal, I think he'd be an asset to the squad for a couple of years.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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16/11/2012 18:15:00

Same here. I am not keen on loan deals however Robbie did a lot to help keep Villa up last season. He could make the difference and his experience will be a big help. He isn't on loan from another English club so I would go for it. It will help out with the young one's who are 'tired' and give them a chance to recuperate for season run in
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16/11/2012 18:16:00

Lampard rumoured to be heading to LA Galaxy in the summer, and with US teams only being allowed to have 3 EU players in the team could this be an opportunity for him to move here permanently?
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16/11/2012 20:12:00

Torn here....I agree with Monsieur Fear that basically, his goals kept us up, and again, that sort of injection could be a turning point. And along with Pride, his experience and impetus would be amazing right now/in January, bringing it to a very young and inexperienced table... But we (i.e. the fans, club) have made a decision, and Lambert's youth policy is where we are at. We have been moaning for some time about giving youth a chance, get rid of the dead wood/mercenaries/etc, so what to do? I say, if the chance arises, bring him in, pay the wages, and play him if he deserves the chance. It's hardly going to make things worse for us, so why not use every tool at our disposal to improve and move forward?
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16/11/2012 22:44:00

Keane and JPA (seeing as he is posting here now) both on loan - I thank you.
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16/11/2012 23:51:00

Agree with Darth Fear. Don't like loans. His experience and skill would be an absolute asset for a couple of seasons. Not sure Lambert will fancy it for two months though.
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17/11/2012 02:04:00

I cant see how it can be a bad thing as others have said, particularly his zeal and enthusiasm can be infectious!
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17/11/2012 09:18:00

No thanks. Another year older and away from a decent standard of competitive football. He was no doubt invaluable last season but we were SHOCKING when his loan expired onwards. We don't have the clueless F'Eck in charge who thought managing was 8 defenders and hoof it up to the attackers and they will score. Luckily for Keane he wasn't here long enough to have the football coached out of him and did a great job but things are different under the new regime!!!!
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17/11/2012 10:18:00

Better than that useless twonk Ireland that is a fact
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17/11/2012 13:13:00

Like Keane but dont think our problems are up front think the 4 we have can produce enough goals IF they get a decent supply rather see two midfielders as Ireland and Bannan will never do it for me.The defence may look leaky but dont get enough help from a weak midfield oh well its all about opinions thats my pennyworth. Lampard the mind boggles but doubt if we could afford to hire him for a month never mind rest of the season on the wages he can command gawd I am starting to sound like championship fan rather than a supporter of Aston Villa this penny pinching approach is hard to swallow at times innit.
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