There are plenty of reasons to get excited about Robbie Keane joining the Los Angeles Galaxy. He's a name people all around the world recognize, he has proven to be a capable scorer in the world's best league and he'll probably sell some tickets based solely on those facts.
The Daily Soccer Fix acknowledges those facts, as well as some others, but also tempers his enthusiasm by offering counter-points to them:
On the one hand, the guy can score. He’s the 10th-leading goal-scorer in Premier League history with 123 goals, and that’s a number that speaks for itself. On the other hand, he hasn’t been a consistent goal-getter since 2008. No, I don’t count those 12 hits for Celtic in 2010 as wholly representative of a striker on top of things. The Scottish Premier League is a two-tiered odd duck of an operation; Celtic and Rangers are generally so far above the field that those goals need an asterisk. I have watched every one and they fell largely into one of two categories: penalty kicks or strikes where the defending was somewhere between sluggish and inept. That doesn’t mean Keane can’t be a wiz-bang scorer these days, it just means he hasn’t proven so in my mind since his last favorable campaign at White Hart Lane back in the 2007-08 season.