Robbie Keane made his punditry debut for Sky Sports on coverage of Spurs against Newcastle
The Premier League is back and there some new faces in the punditry studio.
With Thierry Henry deciding to quit Sky Sports over the summer, the broadcasters have a free slot on their panel. So, for Sky's coverage of Tottenham against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, they gave Robbie Keane and Shola Ameobi their punditry debut on the station.
The pair made their first appearance on Sky alongside regular Jamie Redknapp.
Ameobi was a cult hero for the Magpies and Keane was one of Tottenham's best strikers during the Premier League era.
The Dubliner spent eight years at Spurs across two spells, captaining the side and scoring 122 goals in 306 games. He was part of the Tottenham team that won the League Cup in 2008, their last piece of silverware, and formed a brilliant strike-partnership with Dimitar Berbatov.
Keane, who turned 38 in July, said on the show that he still hasn't retired and that he has some offers that he is mulling over. He joked that he thought Ameobi had retired five years ago. The former Newcastle striker had a spell with Notts County last season but is currently without a club.
Robbie Keane to shola ameobi “I thought you retired 5 years ago?” 😬 #awkward
— Denny Hulme (@Hulmey4) August 11, 2018
Keane last played for ATK in the Indian Super League, where he finished the season as player-manager.
The former Republic of Ireland striker had a solid start to life as a pundit and could have a future in the Sky studio.
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Live on Sky Sports Premier League: https://t.co/Ufch13BTs6 #TakeYourSeat pic.twitter.com/rmuu42pygV
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 11, 2018
— Stevie (@bigsteviedove) August 11, 2018
The 2nd best striker to ever do it, obviously real Ronaldo the greatest but Robbie Keane a clear 2nd best ever striker no doubt everybody would agree pic.twitter.com/vWrhksvZdL
— Mark McFarlane (@MarkMcFarlane29) August 11, 2018
— Kulveer Ranger Esq (@KulveerRanger) August 11, 2018
There were a few obvious jokes.
Just waiting for Robbie Keane to say he supported Newcastle as a kid #NEWTOT
— Andy (@Andyh68) August 11, 2018
“I always dreamed of being a sky sports pundit when I was a kid” Robbie Keane
— Andy LFCDT ✋🏻👆🏻 (@AYPrivateEye) August 11, 2018
It’s always been Robbie Keane’s dream to work for Sky Sports. #NEWTOT
— Ian Hart (@VillaHarty) August 11, 2018
But most viewers were happy to see Ireland's record goalscorer.
Great to se robbie keane on sky legend
— Alan Finn (@FinnAlanfinn10) August 11, 2018
Robbie Keane on sky sports news is the best signing of the summer
— Tom (@tom_dean25) August 11, 2018
It's not said enough how much of a national treasure Robbie Keane is
— Dave Meade (@davemeade93) August 11, 2018