World football’s most widely known name could be on his way to White Hart Lane, is this the marquee signing Tottenham have been after to show they have the credentials to be right up there at the top? Well no. This is not a signing that is going to revolutionise the team and thrust them well into the title fight or galvanise their efforts in Europe. It would be the temporary arrival, for a couple of months on loan, of a 35 year-old player who has not played at this level for a year and at this pace for even longer, his loan spell at Serie A side Milan last year being in a much slower team and generally slower league.
Tactically I’m not sure how Beckham would fit into the team. At the moment Tottenham are, at least on the flanks, all about pace with two superb counter-attacking goals coming in recent games due to the pace on the wings of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. Pace has never been what Beckham’s game is about and at this late stage in his career his legs would have gone.
Yet I don’t feel like this hinders it being a great opportunity to attain the services of a good, but not great, player who has tremendous European experience along with a great record and knowledge of winning trophies. His experience could prove invaluable to the relatively young Tottenham squad, especially outside of central defence.
Indeed Beckham does offer a completely different option to Lennon on the right flank and a different option could be extremely beneficial if pace isn’t working and pinpoint delivery from the right flank into the box to say the head of Peter Crouch is required. Although I can’t see him coming straight into the team as it is due to the effectiveness of Spurs’ pace, he could greatly benefit the squad as Tottenham enter a busy period of the season if they are to remain involved in all three competitions. But his importance on the pitch cannot be completely overlooked, as at his first stint at Milan he ended up playing a far greater role than anyone expected. Far from being just a squad player there he was instrumental to a side that really turned their season around at that time, domestically at least, if not in Europe.
Added to this it is only a loan deal, and provided Galaxy allow him to actually play matches as there are rumours abound that they’ll only allow him to train with another club, then there really is nothing to lose in signing Beckham. They gain the services of a mature player who would be a fantastic influence to have around the dressing room and would be a very different option to have on the right flank.