Transfer deadline debate: What will David Beckham really offer to PSG?
In what could possibly be his last spell, David Beckham joined French side PSG after he passed his medical on the last day of the January 2013 transfer window.
For the Manchester United icon, this is an amazing opportunity to win a title in four different countries having already won silverware in England, Spain and the United States. His move to PSG also marks his return to European football.
From the French giants’ perspective, they now have a man who is well past his peak but could extensively benefit them for commercial purposes. This was also the case when Beckham joined Real Madrid back in 2003. The Galacticos remarkably recorded their highest revenues at the time.
One cannot deny that “Goldenballs”, in his prime, was among the top players in the world. That said, his role at PSG can be that of a mentor. PSG has a number of budding young players; one of them is Marco Verratti.
The midfielder could learn a lot from Beckham’s commendable passing and crossing abilities. Being a set-piece expert, the dad-of-four is expected to transfer much of his expertise to the younger players in the squad.
It is difficult to analyse how he will fit in the PSG squad. It will be very challenging for him to adjust to the physicality and the pace of the French league having been out of competitive football for the last three months. In the middle of the park, Beckham will face competition from Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta. Both men have been in sparkling form and it is very unlikely that they will be sacrificed.
Beckham is a known quantity to Leonardo and Ancelotti as both men signed him during his loan spell at AC Milan. All in all, it can be said that the 37-year-old was signed to provide PSG more than just a healthy balance sheet and he will be doing all he can to prove that without taking a penny from his salary which he has dedicated to charity.