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KEEN ON KEANE

Posted on 24 April 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol picked him out as our man of the match at Highbury and Chris Hughton believes Robbie Keane is playing as well as ever.

Martin Jol picked him out as our man of the match at Highbury and Chris Hughton believes Robbie Keane is playing as well as ever.

It's been quite a year for the Irish hitman. His goal in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal was his ninth in his last 11 games and his 16th of the Premiership season.

He was captain for the games against United and Arsenal and with Ledley King injured, will wear the armband for our final two matches of the season against Bolton and West Ham.

The recently-appointed Republic of Ireland skipper and record Irish goalscorer also passed two milestones with a double against West Brom - the first was his 50th league goal for us while the second notched up 100 career league goals.

"Robbie maintained the standards he’s set this season at Highbury," said first assistant coach Chris, who has watched Robbie closer than most at Spurs and in his previous role as the Republic’s assistant manager.

"We ask a lot of him and he demands a lot of himself.

"He wants to play, trains hard and is a confidence player who doesn’t seem to be fazed by the big games or the big moments, he enjoys them.

"He always wants the ball in whatever situation and at this moment he's on the top of his game.

"Everyone has highs and lows and can have periods in and out of the side but Robbie is playing as well now as he’s ever played."