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Villa boss McLeish has no doubts Keane can make instant impact

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has no doubts LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane can make an impact during his loan.

McLeish said he had reports back from Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, with whom Keane has been training, saying that the forward is looking lean and hungry following a spell in America with LA Galaxy.

"I think it will give everyone a lift," said McLeish. "You are now talking about a guy who is at his peak.

"I know he's been linked with Villa for years but at 19 there is a lot you don't know. At 31, you certainly know a lot more.

"He can make it if up if he is not as quick physically by what he has in his head. He loves to play football, he's got leadership qualities as well that can help in the dressing room too, and he can score a goal.

"He's got great movement and he can hurt defenders, he's a very very experienced player.

"We've had dialogue with Spurs and the report back we are getting is that he looks in much better condition than he did this time last year when he went to West Ham. What we are hearing is that he is in tip-top shape.

"And the Ireland boys have a tournament to look forward to. Robbie wants to be at his peak for that.

"We've been speaking. He feels that's the right way to go forward. He feels he wants to keep right on top of his sharpness.

"So if he has that kind of motivation, it can only be good for us."

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