Originally Posted by Sound
4 years ago they were comparable but now there is no point. Keane was a defensive mid and Gerrard has turned into an attacking mid. The only thing left to compare them on is their leadership qualities. Gerrard is nearly there but still has a bit to go IMO.
antonio conte in arena last week gave a little idea of the esteem in which keane is held in the european game, he compared him to didier deschamps, and in no way did he do so to belittle him. he described him as a midfielder who picked up pieces held a team's shape together, made tackles. dunphy tried to put a positive spin on this by claiming that this role is just as difficlut to fill as being a top striker or creative player. i personally completely disagree.
gerrard could have done this but had too much talent to be held back by it. if keane could do what gerrard could he probably would have progressed in the same way.