Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admits he is considering bidding for David Beckham once his contract with the L.A Galaxy expires. The England international was close to joining the club on loan during the January transfer window, but an issue with the insurance needed for him to play meant the move couldn’t be completed. Beckham will be 36 by the time his contract with the MLS club expires.
Redknapp is a long-time admirer of former Spurs-trainee Beckham and believes he would add necessary experience to a sometimes naïve side. They come up against Bolton and Sunderland in the Premier league next, and while the majority of football bets will be placed in Spurs’s favour, games they are expected to win will always cause concern amongst supporters.
Losses against the relegation troubled Wigan and West Ham this season perhaps add weight to Redknapp’s claim, but any move for Beckham would no doubt prompt a reaction from the club’s supporters.
When England’s most capped outfield player was first rumoured to be joining the club, supporters were vocal in their opposition of the move.
Most were concerned with the amount of attention he would bring to the club, at a time when it was least needed. Redknapp will remain adamant that Beckham would be useful, especially in the Champions League when Spurs return to the San Siro later this month. He said: “I would like to have had him playing. He has looked great in training. He has been fantastic. He is a top-class bloke. He comes in, works hard every day, he has been great around the place.”
“He is so slim and so fit, he is a fanatical trainer. He works in the morning and the afternoon in the gym. He could be at home now sitting around the pool. I am sure he has a decent enough semi in Los Angeles but he is over here wanting to play.” He added.
At a time of the season where Tottenham will come up against quality European opposition and face more “must-win” games than ever before, they must go for an all hands on deck approach.
Having been installed as second favourites in football betting markets, the North London club will find it hard enough to progress further in the competition, but Beckham will have imparted enough knowledge to have given them a head start.
The recent spate of injuries to key players such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale won’t help in the slightest, and Redknapp is right to assume the influence of Beckham would be a positive one.
For the club to break the top four once more and move onwards in the Champions League on a consistent basis they need all the help they can get. There is no way Beckham’s presence could be negative, even if he doesn’t join the club purely for footballing reasons.