'Robbie is good enough to win us three or four matches' - ATK owner on new signing Robbie Keane
Atletico de Kolkata principal owner Sanjiv Goenka has said that new signing Robbie Keane is good enough to win the club 'three or four' more matches, in a 14-game league, after Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer signed for the Indian Super League side on Friday.
Keane will link up with former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Teddy Sheringham, who was appointed as the team's head coach last month, with Goenka confident that the 37-year-old will be able to make an immediate impact in Calcutta.
"Robbie's a great striker and has played competitive football at the highest level for years," Goenka told Telegraph India.
"He remains supremely fit and is the kind of player who can take the game to new heights. I should add that Robbie, who has firsts to his credit, is excited at the prospect of playing in India in general and Calcutta in particular.
"Is Robbie good enough to win us three or four matches? My belief is yes. So, you have my answer.
"It is far better to have match-winners, rather than a team packed with mediocre players. That had been my approach in the build-up to this year's IPL, a belief which made me go all out for Ben Stokes."
Goenka, who controls the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, which owns the Indian Premier League's Rising Pune Supergiants, confirmed that Keane did not cost Atletico de Kolkata as much as England All-rounder Ben Stokes cost the Supergiants, with the English Cricket international costing Rising Pune Rs 14.5cr (€1.94m).
Goenka also said that Keane was signed after consultation with Sheringham.
"Teddy has played with Robbie (at Tottenham Hotspur) and knows him well. That personal factor apart, he sees him as an absolute match-winner and someone who will do well in Indian conditions."
Kolkata will be Keane's 12th club as he enters the 20th season of his professional career.