Is he going to be signing a five year contract? Or just popping into Harry's office for a five minute chat and a quick cup of tea? The truth is presumably somewhere in between, but it is still hard to tell how the Beckham saga will finally resolve itself. The flavor of the whole affair was beautifully captured in Harry Redknapp's response to an inquiry about whether or not Becks would be in attendance for the FA Cup tie against Charlton - "I don't think so. I'm 99 per cent sure, as far as I know, he's not coming today." Well, that's cleared that up then.
What also seems to be unclear to the Spurs fans is what exactly Beckham brings to the table, with opinion apparently split down the middle. On the one hand there are the worriers who believe that a successful Spurs campaign will be disrupted by the mid-season introduction of a big time Charlie, a la Faustino Asprilla at Keegan's Newcastle. Yet if Beckham trails disruption behind him, it is only by association rather than action. His celebrity and wealth are a given, and while they may rile the naysayers, his personal and professional attributes surely outweigh the trappings of his considerable fame. Beckham is a credit to the game, both on and off the field, with his range of skills having been honed by countless hours on the training pitch. In that respect, it's hard to see the downside of having him at the Lane, in some capacity, for whatever time turns out to be feasible.
That view is certainly not lost on the manager, who clearly has at least one specific goal in mind:
"I think it will be good for Aaron. They obviously know each other from being around the England team but Aaron is a different type of player. Aaron is a little, fast winger and Beckham gets it out of his feet and delivers the ball. It will be interesting. With Beckham's delivery, you don't always have to beat people. As a winger it comes down to the final ball, how many crosses you can get in and assists you give and goals you create and I think David can deliver that ball."
This may be as much a veiled criticism of Aaron Lennon's deficiencies in serving up the telling pass as it is praise of Beckham's peerless facility in that regard. Yet there is no doubt that the younger Spurs players in particular can benefit from exposure to the good habits of player who has a cabinet full of winner's medals and has been capped 115 times by his country.
One player who would benefit more than most will seemingly not be in a position to take advantage. David Bentley appears to be headed to Birmingham on loan, with the only unfortunate aspect being that it is not a permanent deal. Bentley has dined out on his spectacular goal in the 4-4 draw against the other team from North London, but the positive contributions he has made on the rare occasions when he gets a game have been eclipsed by his ridiculous showboating. It will be interesting to see how far those characteristics find favor with the pragmatic Big Eck. Good luck David, but don't hurry back.
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