Would bringing Becks to White Hart Lane only serve to hold the north London back?
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In his prime, every team in the world would have wanted David Beckham as their captain. He was the complete player. Lethal with a dead ball at his feet. A regular on the score sheet. A player who never gave up and who always brought the best out of the players around him. Someone who chased every ball, never ducked a tackle and took responsibility in pressure situations.
At the age of 35 he might be looking for a final swansong in the Premier League and has spoke of his admiration for Tottenham this season. And who could blame him? Harry Redknapp has developed a fantastic squad of players. Full of energy and pace. They have goal threats throughout the team and play football that is lovely to watch.
So the additional of a proven world class player with huge experience that he can impart on Tottenham’s younger players would surely be invaluable? Yes he lacks pace, but he still has undoubted quality on the ball. And what a great impact player to have, a huge luxury.
But Beckham brings with him problems. Ones Tottenham don’t need at this stage of their season. Beckham is a work of marketing art. He brings a buzz with him, but also a circus. His commitment to every club he’s played for, and his country, cannot be questioned. But do Tottenham really need him?
Redknapp’s side is built around pace of movement and passing. It must be argued that Beckham would not even fit it. It would almost be like he would be accommodated at White Hart Lane, playing on reputation instead of merit. And he certainly would not want to sit on the bench. He’s an enormous presence.
His lack of pace might even prove to be a weak link if he does sign for Spurs. Beckham is unlikely to play every game even if he does sign, but a player of his stature will have an influence on the pitch, from the bench, and in the dressing room.
Beckham will be remembered as one of England’s greatest players. And Harry has a fantastic record of getting the best out of players he works with. But Tottenham are currently playing with a rhythm, spirit and harmony that should not be disrupted.
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