Robbie cracker! - February 1, 2001

Leeds 1 Coventry 0

Irish international Robbie Keane could be on his way back to the San Siro after scoring another cracking goal for Leeds last night - his fifth since joining the Yorkshire club on loan.

Another class performance by Keane against his former club edged Leeds into the top half of the table for the first time in weeks - and the Dubliner capped it with a spectacular goal from an overhead kick.

Alvaro Recoba, one of Keane's main rivals at Inter, has fallen under a cloud. He is one of a number of players in the Italian league being investigated or passport irregularities.

But Keane is worth his place in Serie A on merit. Marcello Lippi, the man who signed him from Coventry, is on record as saying he doesn't understand why the Tallaght youngster is not in Inter's first team.

New coach Marco Tardelli will continue to hear glowing reports of his player's performances in the Premiership - and so will the Neroazzuri fans. And they could force the hand of Tardelli or president Massimo Moratti.

But on this evidence, Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale should fight might and main to hang onto Keane. He was the difference between the sides last night and his presence alone earned Leeds two precious points they wouldn't otherwise have bagged.

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