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Beckham: Loan stars do Galaxy proud

SoccerNews in English Premier League, MLS 8 Feb 2012


Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham has been impressed by his team-mates’ form during their loan spells in the English Premier League.

Galaxy captain Landon Donovan agreed in December to join Everton for his second stint at Goodison Park, while veteran striker Robbie Keane made a temporary move to Aston Villa.

USA international Donovan provided an assist to Darren Gibson in Everton’s 1-0 win over league leaders Manchester City on January 31.

And Keane has already bagged three goals in his five appearances for Villa to date, with Beckham encouraged by their respective strong showings.

“Yes, they’ve been great,” Beckham said when asked about his colleagues’ efforts.

“Obviously Robbie has scored a few goals and Landon has had a few assists as well and it’s great to see, it’s great for both of them for their fitness.”

“I know what that’s like, going over there (England), then coming back and feeling great here.”

“It’s one of the reasons why I trained at Tottenham last year, because I felt it was good for my fitness and it’s great as well for them to be performing there, but it will be good to have them back as well.”

“With Landon going back to a club he’s been at before, it’s good to see that. And then Robbie going somewhere like Villa, where they really needed someone like him and he’s performed well.”

“So it doesn’t surprise me at all and I’m happy for the both of them.”

The pair will re-join Galaxy later this month as preparations for the 2012 Major League Soccer season begin.

The LA franchise will be defending their MLS Cup title in the campaign ahead, and Beckham knows the team must match the high standards set last term if they are to be successful once again.

“We have to perform,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of good players in our team and it’s about getting a good squad – last year it was that kind of thing that helped us go all the way and win the championship, so we need that again this year.”


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