David Beckham may arrive at Gallowgate for a three month winter loan from the LA Galaxy this January. When we first saw the story we dismissed it as just that – a story.
But then when we looked more closely at it – we saw the possibility of Beckham arriving is probably greater than most
Maybe the planets are lining up – but first letâ€™s look at whatâ€™s going on with this – so we can see how much reality exists.
Please Sign Me Newcastle !
Beckham is due to start playing for the LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer League in August and will play for them until November.
The Americans are already making him into a huge celebrity and the Football people (Soccer in USA) are hoping that David will have a major impact on Soccer in the US â€“ which they know they have to be part of. The game is taking off globally in a massive way â€“ unlike most of their American sports.
LA Galaxy Coach Frank Yallop has said there would be no January loan move to Newcastle for Beckham and other clubs â€“ like Everton, Tottenham and Blackburn – would obviously be interested in luring Beckham.
The success of Henrik Larssonâ€™s move to Manchester United in January has proved that a big star can have a major positive influence on a club â€“ even if itâ€™s only for three months.
LA Coach Yallop told Sky Sports News recently:
“I think David is going to have such an impact when he joins the squad again it will be difficult to leave him out to be honest,” “We realize David wants to get to the 100-cap plateau and we will never stop him doing that.”
David Beckham â€“ sometimes considered over-rated – is a much better player than most people realize and you can never accuse him of letting all that publicity go to his head and affect his performances on the pitch. To his credit he still plays the game with the enthusiasm of a youngster â€“ and that is one of his greatest attributes.
Can Newcastle really lure him to Tyneside?
The simple answer is yes â€“ and there are at least three good reasons why:
- David Beckham is a great admirer of Sam Allardyce (and vice versa)
- Money would be no object with Mike Ashley in charge
- In a world where we are trying to put the Newcastle United brand on the global map â€“ the publicity for Newcastle would be priceless
David and Victoria Beckham
A Newcastle insider â€“ familiar with the story said recently:
“David has a lot of time for Big Sam and the manager would love to work with him.â€ “He feels he would be a welcome addition to the dressing room in terms of experience and a big influence on the pitch.
“You only have to look at the impact of Henrik Larsson at Manchester United last season to see what a short-term loan deal can do when it comes to giving your squad a boost.”
FIFA have insisted they will back David Beckham in his attempt to secure 100 caps for England – and he will return to the England side this Friday against Brazil at Wembley – after being out of the international scene since last year’s World Cup.
It is expected that several of England’s friendly matches will clash with Galaxy’s league fixtures and general manager Alexi Lalas had claimed he wouldnâ€™t allow Beckham to play in friendly games â€“ only in qualifying matches and major tournaments. But FIFA have already warned Lalas that he has no choice but to allow Beckham to play. In fact wouldnâ€™t that be good for the Galaxy â€“ to have one of their players playing for England?
LA Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas and Billionaire Owner Phillip Anschutz
A FIFA spokesman was quoted as saying:
“The same rules apply for everybody – for all national associations, for any club, for any player,”
“Players must be released for friendly or competitive games if they are on the international calendar and the required notice is given.
“The only difference in competitive and friendly games is regarding the time-frames that players must be available before the games. Under the regulations, all players are equal.”
David Beckham is also desperate to play at next summer’s European Championships in Austria and Switzerland and is likely to make a formal request to the Galaxy to return to the Premiership. Despite all his publicity and superstar status â€“ he a fair man â€“ and it would be hard for the Galaxy to turn that request down.
So will David Beckham play for Newcastle in January?
We think thereâ€™s a much better chance than we ever thought possible.
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