David Beckham’s eldest son Brooklyn had a trial at Chelsea yesterday.
The 13-year-old joined in a training session with the Blues’ under-14 setup. He had previously played for the LA Galaxy’s under-14 team but is on the lookout for a new a team since his dad quit MLS and moved the family back to London from Los Angeles.
Rumours that Beckham senior was at Chelsea’s Cobham training complex yesterday initially sparked a frenzy of (slighly concerned) social media discussion among fans who believed the former England skipper might be about to join the club. Bringing in a 37-year-old would be a strange move for a club that won’t give 35-year-old Frank Lampard a new contract.
But it soon emerged that he was only there to offer support to his son, who was joined by Jack Ramsay – son of celebrity chef Gordon – for the trial.
Beckham was talking up his son’s footballing ability as long ago as 2006.
Back then, he said: “Brooklyn is the most amazing footballer. He managed 17 keepie-uppies the other day which for a boy his age is incredible.
“He’s showing great potential and I think he could go all the way. I’d love it if he played for England.”
And following Brooklyn’s appearance at Chelsea, several football betting sites are taking bets on just that.
You can get odds of 14/1 that Brooklyn will play for England by 2030. If you’re expecting him to be a teenage prodigy you can lengthen those odds to 20/1 if you think he’ll make his debut by 2020.
Bookies are offering 25/1 on the youngster playing for Chelsea’s first-team before his 21st birthday. Odds on him playing in any Premier League match before 2030 are just 4/1.
If you’ve got Brooklyn marked to follow in his dad’s footsteps to captain his country you can get odds of 40/1 that he will be named England captain by 2030.
You can see Brooklyn scoring his first goal at Old Trafford in the video above.