Keane wary of Kanoute threat
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robbie Keane says Fredi Kanoute is as dangerous as current Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Robbie Keane says former strike partner Fredi Kanoute is as dangerous as current favourite Dimitar Berbatov.
Kanoute left White Hart Lane for Sevilla in the summer of 2005 for £4.4million and has since been a goalscoring hit with the Uefa Cup holders.
Spurs go to Sevilla for the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Thursday, and Keane admits his side will have to keep a close eye on the skilful Kanoute.
"It will be good to see Fredi. He's a fantastic player and he's doing very well over there. It will be nice to shake his hand after the game following a Tottenham win!" said Keane.
"He was a good player to play alongside. He's a tall lad, great in the air, but he's good on the floor as well.
"Fredi and Dimitar are great players. Fredi can play on the wing as well, while Dimitar can play right up front or in the hole.
"The similarity is they're both fantastic players. He's the top scorer in Spain and that speaks for itself. He's playing better than ever and it's a tough league as we all know.
"To be the highest scorer among all those top players over there shows he's one we have to keep an eye on."
Keane also insists Kanoute was not a flop during his time at White Hart Lane.
"I think it's unfair to say he didn't make it over here. He did very well at Spurs and was appreciated by the fans and the players," added Keane.
"Maybe when he left he wasn't playing as many games as he would have wanted."
Berbatov admitted the his side faced a tough test getting a result in Spain, but said he was optimistic they could go all the way and reach the final.
The Bulgarian striker said: "We will now concentrate on the game against Sevilla. It will be difficult, we all know that. Obviously they're a good team, have a good technique, but we are good also. If we score that will be good for us.
"We have a good record in Europe this season and I hope we can continue this way.
"Our goal is to go to the final, it will be difficult but I am an optimist and feel we can do that."