Alex McLeish: Robbie Keane to come off bench

Robbie Keane
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Alex McLeish states that Robbie Keane will start on the bench this weekend.

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has said that Robbie Keane will start on the bench against Everton this weekend.

The club secured the former Tottenham striker on loan on Thursday and McLeish admits that he is hoping Keane can make an impact akin to Thierry Henry in his return to the Emirates on Monday night.

"It is more likely that Robbie will make an impact like Thierry Henry did for Arsenal so Robbie won't start," he told the club's official website. "He'll just come on and score instead! I've told him that.

"He would be desperate to start, but I have to be fair to my own players and those who are here for the long term.

"I don't think any of them have done too much wrong. We could do with getting our strikers back in the goals and if Robbie is here to shake it up then great, but he has a part to play also."

The Midlands outfit currently trail opponents Everton by one point in the Premier League.

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