On this day in 1999: Teenage kicks cost Coventry £6million


Nineteen-year-old Robbie Keane became the most expensive teenager in British football at the time on this day in 1999, completing a £6million move from Wolves to Coventry.

Keane had soon established a reputation as one of the most feared forwards in the Premier League and later cemented himself as one of the top goalscorers in league history.

The Sky Blues heaped a record fee on Keane after he scored 29 goals for Wolves in the second tier of English football in two seasons.

The Irishman’s trophy didn’t weigh heavily on his shoulders and he made an immediate impact after scoring both goals in a 2-0 win against Derby at Highfield Road on his debut.

However, Keane’s stint at Coventry didn’t last long after he made an impressive start to life at the club, scoring 12 in 31. Inter Milan spent £13m to bring him to Italy.

The youngster has failed to adjust to life in Serie A and after six appearances in six months, Keane joined Leeds on loan in December 2000.

Robbie Keane scored over 100 goals for Tottenham (Sean Dempsey/PA)

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Despite some brief stints at several clubs, he settled at Tottenham after joining White Hart Lane in 2002.

The Republic of Ireland international scored 112 goals in two seasons for the club – both sides of an uninspiring spell at Liverpool – making 306 appearances and winning the League Cup in 2008.

He was briefly loaned out to West Ham before finally packing his bags to join LA Galaxy in 2011.

Keane returned to England on loan to Aston Villa in 2012 and scored three more top-flight goals to end his career with 126 Premier League goals, which put him 16th on the league’s all-time scorer list.

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