Robbie Keane says he is hoping to emulate the impact both Paul Scholes and Thierry Henry made in their return to Premier League action when he lines up for Aston Villa this weekend.
Keane completed a short-term loan deal from L.A Galaxy at Villa Park on Thursday, and looks set to make his debut for the club against Everton on Saturday.
Henry completed a similar loan deal, signing on a two month deal at the Emirates from the New York Red Bulls during the MLS off-season and scored on his second debut for the club in the FA Cup against Leeds on Monday.
Scholes meanwhile emerged from retirement to play in United’s FA Cup 3rd round win over Manchester City on Sunday, and will feature for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side for the remainder of the season.
Keane admitted he would like to emulate the impact both players had upon their return, and admitted he could understand the temptation of managers bringing back veteran players.
“Managers know the personnel,” the former Tottenham striker said. “You know what you're getting with Paul Scholes, with Thierry Henry, and although I haven't worked with Alex before he knows what I'm as like as a player, and what I'm like around the place.
"The lads here will have told him I'm not a bad influence, that I'll try and help players and encourage people. I'll certainly be doing that while I'm here. I'll try and encourage them on or off the pitch."
Keane is set to face fellow on-loan L.A Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who will line-up for Everton having completed his own short-term loan deal with the Toffees.
The 31-year-old said he had been made to feel at ease since he began training with Villa, and insisted that from his short time with the club he could tell they would be a ‘strong’ club in the near future.
"It's been very easy to be honest, I'm lucky to know a lot of players here, I knew Alex McLeish [the manager] and Kevin McDonald [coach]. It's been very easy to settle in,” the Republic of Ireland record scorer said.
“The manager is great and the staff as well. If I can help the team, great – it's a team that the manager is trying to build. In the next two years you'll see a strong Villa side."News Now - Sport News