Signing of David Beckham would merely show Spurs as pretenders

Posted by - January 3, 2011 - Rumours, Tottenham, Transfer News and Gossip

Do Spurs need to be a part of Brand Beckham?

But it’s David Beckham… and we are Spurs…. so of course I would want us to sign him

The above quote is not from one of the bastions of our game, but instead my brother. But matter not, it highlights my point perfectly.

David Beckham, it appears, is available for a two-month loan from LA Galaxy. Since these rumours surfaced, there have been a number of clubs declaring their interest in the England midfielder. These include Blackburn, Everton, Newcastle, Sunderland and Spurs. But what is the common factor in all of these clubs? None of them are, until now, what we would label as ‘Big Four’ clubs.

This hints at the fact that David Beckham, aged 35, is more of a marquee signing than anything else. He is a shirt seller. He is an attendance generator. He is a ‘parade him before the game’ signing. He is a twenty minutes at the end of a match player. He is also a signing that may instigate other foreign signings, with players tempted to be a part of ‘Brand Beckham’. All of this makes it all the more interesting that Spurs appear to be favourites to sign Becks.

More than any other side in European football, Tottenham Hotspur are a side on the up. In Gareth Bale they have a young player seemingly at the beginnings of a potentially wonderful career, and in Michael Dawson they have England’s in-form defender. Combine this with Rafael Van der Vaart (surely the signing of the season) and it is easy to see why Spurs have had success. Just over two years ago they were bottom of the Premier League after eight games (as Harry Redknapp will tell you ad infinitum) with just two points. Now they are preparing for a last 16 tie against AC Milan, after dispatching AC’s city rivals at White Hart Lane.

So, given the fact that Manchester United, Arsenal or Manchester City have shown no interest in signing Beckham, why are Spurs doing so? Is it not a slight concession that Spurs are maybe not yet up there with the ‘big boys’ of the Premier League? Should they not instead be spending their wage budget on a glitz and glamour signing in the Van der Vaart mould?

One thing is for certain, Beckham does not come cheap. Reportedly expecting to drop his current salary to £120,000 a week, Two months of Beckham costs over a million pounds.

There is also the argument that Beckham is a great role model for the younger players. Whilst this is true, surely this is something that must be achieved using professional coaches, as oppose to a 35 year old media bandwagon? I heard a pundit this weekend say that “even if Beckham has just two hours a day helping Aaron Lennon to cross the ball then it is worth it.” If Lennon, an international footballer, needs David Beckham there to help him cross a ball then England are in more trouble internationally than we ever thought.

I think the point is that this January transfer window is possibly a crossroads for Spurs. If Harry can be backed, and backed big, and the club can introduce a couple of genuine international class players (and I am talking about a Benzema or a Milito) then Tottenham could still be genuine title challengers.

Five years ago, this is exactly the sort of thing you would expect from Spurs. All fart and no sh*t, as the same brother of mine delightfully labels it. Spurs being a club that promise much but deliver little. In the first 13 years of the Premier League Spurs did not finish in the top six or the bottom six on any occasion.

But that was old Spurs, and this is new Spurs. David Beckham is a media sensation. In the last eighteen months Spurs have been creating media sensations of their own. It may be a mistake to try and mix the two.

  • drasl

    “If Lennon, an international footballer, needs David Beckham there to help him cross a ball then England are in more trouble internationally than we ever thought.”

    I find this statement incredibly ignorant. The factor that has often been Lennons biggest problem is his crossing, why would anyone be foolish enough to assume that he would not benefit from the teachings of one of the worlds best dead ball experts / crosser of the last decade or so ?

    Beckham is also as has been stated by Harry a great professional, he knows how to win things and he knows what it takes to get those extra inches. Spurs have often had trouble dealing with the discipline and self belief. Beckham could help with both, not to mention get some favorable media attention, which is always gonna be good, since most pundits literally loath Spurs.

    Not once was Bentley mentioned either in this article. This could quite easily open the door way for a loan move by Bentley, he is not going to get enough games as things are now. But if Beckham comes in and will be more of a willing understudy for Lennon it would just better the situation, instead of having Bentley pouting and losing his form on the bench.

    Most importantly though is that Spurs is a team full of youngsters, players who are quite possibly breaching the next frontier and in turn having quite a lot expected of them. Beckham is quite the role model to any footballer and has a lot to offer any team. You may dislike Spurs/Beckham but you could at least do your self and your readers the favor of being sensible on the matter.

  • Abe

    This is an interesting one. On the face of it, Spurs don’t need him, but he could play a certain kind of catalyst. I don’t see him playing a full 90 minutes in many games but he could be useful. Reminds to some degree of a Roger Milla kind of character – who did so well for Cameroon in the world cup many years ago. This will just have to be one of those “lets wait and see” scenarios

  • Shaunboyle2002

    couldnt agree more
    one footnote is should it happen,,and its time to leave he may,probably unintentionally,give our up and coming superstars itchy feet.

  • Alex

    [So, given the fact that Manchester United, Arsenal or Manchester City have shown no interest in signing Beckham, why are Spurs doing so? Is it not a slight concession that Spurs are maybe not yet up there with the ‘big boys’ of the Premier League? Should they not instead be spending their wage budget on a glitz and glamour signing in the Van der Vaart mould?]

    I dont think Man United will want him back-get real, Arsenal have lacked real experienced players for a long time and Wenger clearly insnt interested in “Experience”, and Machester City have no need since they wont want loan players to fit into that squad…so your point is what?

  • Boohoo

    This is great news. It means we still probably have a couple of years’ peace and grace before he’s trying to fob his overhyped over-the-hill-ness on Australia’s A-League at this time of year.

  • Boohoo

    This is great news. It means we still probably have a couple of years’ peace and grace before he’s trying to fob his overhyped over-the-hill-ness on Australia’s A-League at this time of year.

  • Essexian76

    The last thing Tottenham need is David Beckham as either a role model or a player. We are where we are because as a club we should used as an example of how do things the right way. Unburdened by debt, without a sugar Daddy propping us up, good solid support and without years of Eurocash either. If Everton, Newcastle or Villa needed an example of how a once mid-table side can get it right on and off the field then surely Spurs are that blueprint. I’m all for us getting in quality players to replace those who’ve worked so hard to break through into the big 4, but Beckham in place of Lennon, do me a favour! 2million outlay just to get the bloke fit to play in the Micky Mouse league, and the hype that’ll disrupt team spirit and a few more demanding hefty rises no doubt, nice one Harry or are you just getting your own back on Daniel for making you look an arse, when you wanted Joe Cole and he went out and got Rafa?, a jokes a joke right?, but Beckham isn’t even funny!

  • Nick

    The simple facts of this are that Beckham is a player that is not a squad choice for a fairly average international team, and as such is not good enough for a Champions League chasing team. He’s been a wonderful player, but it would be like buying a Van Nistelrooy or a Raul. None of the big 4 are ever going to buy them as their time in the spotlight at the peak of their careers has gone. Would he suit an Everton, Sunderland of Newcastle? Definitely. Spurs I would hope have loftier ambitions than this, and also base a lot of their plans on speed and raw pace, which Goldenballs has never been blessed with.

  • http://stuart-otterson.livejournal.com/ Stuart Otterson

    Well there’s only one sure fire way to find out and that’s for Spurs to sign him on loan, then we can have an assessment 3 months later to see if it was a success, a so-so or a distaster, neatly putting the debate to some sense of closure.

    I think there’s enough to be gained for Spurs just to have him warming the bench, sell a few shirts, bring in some additional attendence, gain publicity, perhaps gain some interest outside of the UK. Might make enough to breakeven in which case no real harm done and maybe profit a little which can go to a future transfer kitty. The publicity they’re already gaining just from the rumours is cheaper than advertisement I imagine.

  • Yeah

    I wonder how many people were saying exactly the same about Henrik Laarson going to Manure a few seasons ago?

    Too old, add’s nothing, yaddah yaddah yaddah…!

  • W R Alexander

    In response to drasl.

    Are you some sort of asshole? Beckham is a has been and we certainly do not need him at all period.

    If he is so great, why oh why aren’t Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or City for that matter interested in taking him on a short term basis. Sure he can cross a decent ball given time and space (which you dont get in the Premiership) and Lennon has become much better at delivering good crosses of late plus he has blistering speed which frightens defenders to death. You’ve got to ask yourself why the teams above us aren’t at all interested.

    We are a team (and I emphasise this point TEAM) built on speed and movement, Beckham will only slow the pace down. I read that Redknapp would use Beckham to sling balls into the box for our 6’7″ step ladder to attack, oh my God does this mean that Crouch still has a big future with us, will we revert back to the long ball game forsaking our swift attacks, rely on fouls so that David can once again become a hero and take free kicks.

    Redknapp when on to say that Beckham would also teach our youngsters dedication, commitment and professionalism.

    If we have to rely on a 35 year old show pony to teach our youngsters dedication, commitment and professionalism then Harry and his coaching staff are not doing their job and the senior pros within the club aren’t either.

    I give Redknapp his due, he did well with bringing William Gallas into the fold but William is hard as nails and both Chelsea and Arsenal didn’t really want to let him go. He was very much needed because our defense without Ledley and Woody at that time would have been under severe pressure. William is great for Dawson, Kabul and Bessong not to mention Gomez in goal, he turned them into commanding defensive figures with his experience and knowledge.

    I feel that Beckham will be a disruption with the circus that follows him and no good for our club. I may be wrong but somehow I dont think so.

  • W R Alexander

    In response to drasl.

    Are you some sort of asshole? Beckham is a has been and we certainly do not need him at all period.

    If he is so great, why oh why aren’t Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or City for that matter interested in taking him on a short term basis. Sure he can cross a decent ball given time and space (which you dont get in the Premiership) and Lennon has become much better at delivering good crosses of late plus he has blistering speed which frightens defenders to death. You’ve got to ask yourself why the teams above us aren’t at all interested.

    We are a team (and I emphasise this point TEAM) built on speed and movement, Beckham will only slow the pace down. I read that Redknapp would use Beckham to sling balls into the box for our 6’7″ step ladder to attack, oh my God does this mean that Crouch still has a big future with us, will we revert back to the long ball game forsaking our swift attacks, rely on fouls so that David can once again become a hero and take free kicks.

    Redknapp when on to say that Beckham would also teach our youngsters dedication, commitment and professionalism.

    If we have to rely on a 35 year old show pony to teach our youngsters dedication, commitment and professionalism then Harry and his coaching staff are not doing their job and the senior pros within the club aren’t either.

    I give Redknapp his due, he did well with bringing William Gallas into the fold but William is hard as nails and both Chelsea and Arsenal didn’t really want to let him go. He was very much needed because our defense without Ledley and Woody at that time would have been under severe pressure. William is great for Dawson, Kabul and Bessong not to mention Gomez in goal, he turned them into commanding defensive figures with his experience and knowledge.

    I feel that Beckham will be a disruption with the circus that follows him and no good for our club. I may be wrong but somehow I dont think so.

  • Hl_nosferatu

    Lol at W R Alexander. You are one arrogant TH fan. I think Becks doesn’t need to go to Spurs, because clearly the club isn’t big enough for him. It is evident in the small-picture thinking of fans such as yourself.

    David Beckham can create a better goalscoring opportunity given just a chance or two, unlike Aaron Lennon who needs 10-12 chances just to put a decent ball into the box and unfortunately hasn’t learnt to cross with any form of swerve yet. Bale and Lennon are both very similar in their technique and speediness, but why is Lennon so shite compared to Bale? Simply put, his final ball is atrocious. This is where Becks comes in and where he can share his experience with Lennon as well as the others. Also, I don’t believe only Peter Crouch is equipped with a head for heading the ball; and there’s no rule that says crosses cannot be scored with other parts of the body. The team’s attackers would benefit from his dead ball delivery and expertise.

    “If we have to rely on a 35 year old show pony to teach our youngsters dedication, commitment and professionalism then Harry and his coaching staff are not doing their job and the senior pros within the club aren’t either.”

    Obviously, the manager and the coaches cannot directly lead by example, only a footballer’s fellow professionals can show them the way. In the squad, only William Gallas can claim to have been there and done that, but he isn’t exactly a shining example of a good professional. How many times has Beckham had to fight to prove himself again, and proved his doubters wrong? What better example than an almost billionaire superstar who has won almost every major club title there is and still maintains the same work ethic and down-to-earth demeanour? He made Capello take back his words about him not playing for Real Madrid ever again, because he proved he was worthy still of a place in the team.

    “If he is so great, why oh why aren’t Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United or City for that matter interested in taking him on a short term basis.”

    Big teams always have the older and vastly experienced players to guide the younger players along. Tottenham aren’t quite established yet, hence the need to sign a player who has actually achieved something in football already, and I don’t mean the Carling Cup. Its the exact reason why Man Utd signed players on a short-term basis such as Larsson or Blanc, Man City signing someone like Vieira. The benefits of such a loan definitely outweighs the cost.

    Sometimes, its not just merely about what a player does on the field, its also about the intangibles, such as the ethic or attitude that a manager hopes rubs off on his fellow professionals. I’m sure Redknapp hopes that his players can take Beckham’s lead and achieve his level of dedication and work ethic. One thing’s for sure, there’s no one in the current squad that can even come close to the quality of Beckham’s crossing, save perhaps Bale. Its a win-win for Spurs; they can’t lose.

  • http://stuart-otterson.livejournal.com/ Stuart Otterson

    I would hope he’s realistic and self aware enough to acknowledge he’s unlikely to play the full 90 and may well be brought in as a sub to steady the ship or create some chances as the game comes to a close. Even if it’s a 15 to 10 minute contribution I’m sure he’ll always give his best with the time given.