David Beckham’s past is rich and vast, he is enshrined as a football legend who has known success wherever he has gone. Beckham’s future on the other hand, like everyone else’s, is yet to be written. The destination of his next club remains a mystery to the world media but recent events, Beckham training with Arsenal, have sparked rumours of a return to the Premier League. Beckham had previously stated that whatever his next move him family would be based in the UK. Brooklyn Beckham, who played for the LA Galaxy academy, has joined Chelsea's youth ranks. Beckham, now 37 had previously stated that it would be incredibly difficult to take to the field for any English side other than his beloved United. While Arsenal have declared they won’t move for the former England captain, other clubs have not been so forthcoming in ruling out the possibility.
If Beckham were to join an English side his role, on the pitch at least, may be difficult for a manager to allocate. Beckham has never possessed great pace, with the English game widening and more clubs opting for a 4-2-3-1 it would seem unlikely that Beckham would take up his former role out wide. His deadly accurate and exceptional range of passing means that he could operate as an effective holding midfielder, although he wouldn’t be able to fulfil that role alone due to the flaws in the defensive side of his game. Still probably as physically fit as most players ten years his junior Beckham wouldn’t have the defensive nous or strength to operate as a full back, although would leave most salivating at his crosses from deep. While his quality is unquestionable, it is the physical side of Beckham’s game that would see him struggle with the pace of the Premier League.
A lot of where Beckham would fit in, would of course depend entirely on the club he joined. In the right system he could be given the license to pick passes at will. His thirst for the game, determination and professionalism is unwavering; even if there is no obvious place for Beckham in a team he is an excellent man to have at a club. Beckham probably remains the most famous footballer in the world despite his advancing years and the Beckham brand is worth millions.
Where Beckham will eventually end up is unknown, in reality it’s probably wherever Victoria dictates, however Brooklyn signing for Chelsea and Beckham himself training in London does show a signal of intent to play in England again. If it did happen then no-one would complain, a pleasure to have a gentleman of the game back in England as one man quite the opposite (Mario Balotelli) exits.