David Beckham’s mooted loan move to Spurs would be an unwanted and unnecessary distraction from the core task at N17 OAP, the continuing development of this team into a top quality team.
Recent stellar individual performances from, amongst others, Bale, Van der Vaart, Gallas against Arsenal and the wonderful Modric, have all been founded upon a granite bedrock of team work. At last we have a consistent shape and balance that brings out the very best in our squad. This is Harry’s great strength, to understand what players can do, then ask them to do their job in a formation that suits them. Beckham’s arrival would be an entirely unwarranted interruption to the process of team-building. It’s taken long enough to get here and there’s lots still to be done, so anything that gets in the way could be downright catastrophic.
Our David is a cracking player but will add little to our attacking, pacy football. Defences no longer tremble at the sight of Becks in a wide position, but the full-backs are quaking in their boots when Lennon and Bale are on the ball. Also, I question his stamina to work up and down the line, even for half an hour at a time. That’s a requirement for any midfielder in the Premier League.
Also, one of the principles of our particular chosen developmental route is the enabling of players to grow and mature together. Bale, Lennon, Dawson, Modric, Assou-Ekotto, lynchpins of the team who have grown into that role in navy blue and white. Granted Gallas has been brought in to perform specific duties at the back and VDV is an established star, but Becks, sadly, is on his way down and in the two months loan that is being proposed will not add anything significant.
Talking of loans, who exactly is this for? Spurs – or more for Beckham to achieve match fitness? Whoever arrives at Spurs, the club and the club’s needs come first and I remain unconvinced that this is the case. Tottenham have outgrown the need to sign David Beckham.
I’ve reached this far and not even mentioned the media circus that will religiously chronicle his every breath. The club and the other players will be reduced to a pantomime chorus, albeit one where Harry will make a fine dame alongside Jordan and Bond as the Ugly Sisters. To repeat, a distraction that we do not need in any way, shape or form.
David Beckham will always carry my unstinting admiration for his achievements as a player. The derision and abuse that he received after his World Cup sending off rivalled that meted out to Joey Barton. Yet he won over fans from all over the country through the sheer force of his football. Carrying himself with dignity and purpose, he just played so well, so often, culminating in the match against Greece at Old Trafford where not only did he have the presence to convert an astonishing free kick under mind-boggling pressure, he also appeared prepared to take on the opposition single-handed if need be.
However, any advantage of being a role model and all-round Good Bloke will be massively outweighed by harmful effects on the team and the distraction of having a cultural icon in the changing room, rather than another midfielder. He’ll cost a fortune and we could get better value elsewhere.
It’s been suggested that he could be a useful coach, but he has no experience whatsoever of coaching top quality players. The English game is held back by the notion that good players will display the same qualities as coaches as they did on the pitch, and can do so with little preparation.
So a resounding ‘no’ to David Beckham at the Lane, and while I’m at it, no to any player who thinks they can piggyback onto our run of success. In the window we need men with ambition and commitment, able to actively contribute to our growth and development.
Harry was saying something the other day about the chairman being keener than he is to spend money. I didn’t catch all of it, but I sincerely hope that it was one of Harry’s flippant off the cuff gags for effect. However, you can often gain more of an insight into Harry’s thoughts through these asides that in the main platitudinous body of his press conferences. Harry’s spending excesses have been expertly kept under control by Levy – now it may be the other way around.
Slightly negative way to end the year. Don’t mean to be – the last few months have been breathtakingly wonderful. I hope you’ve been as transfixed by it all as I have.
Happy New Year to everyone. Thanks to everyone who’s dropped in and especially to all those of you who have kindly taken the time and trouble to make a comment. Here’s to style and glory in 2011.