Paul Parker

No country for old man Becks

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Harry Redknapp has once again spoken of the possibility of bringing David Beckham back to the Premier League but in truth it would be a move that would suit only the player, and not Tottenham.

Though Spurs would sell plenty of shirts - and in that respect signing him on a free transfer in November might make financial sense - it would bring few tangible benefits in terms of the football side of things. It would not be a good piece of business at all for Tottenham.

But we know Harry likes to talk. By speaking so openly about his interest in Beckham he is sending a message to the fans about his ambition and, to be honest, I think he has been doing that all summer - discussing potential players he wants to sign. It's an attempted piece of PR and spin, but I'm not sure it is even getting the fans that excited.

I don't think many Tottenham supporters will be looking at David Beckham at this moment in time and getting excited about his possible arrival in the January transfer window. Tottenham have enough older and experienced players in their squad and don't require another. They are already short of energy in their midfield without adding a 36-year-old.

You can't have Beckham and Rafael van der Vaart playing together to be honest; one team couldn't carry both players. It just wouldn't work in the Premier League, or any other league for that matter. Spurs need players with energy - and the signing of Scott Parker will help in that regard - but bringing in a 36-year-old would be counter-productive.

I think Tottenham should be looking to someone younger and more enthusiastic. David has been a great player in his time but to come back into the Premier League might be too much. There has to be concerns about his fitness. He is no different to Paul Scholes in that respect, and he has less ability than the man who retired at Old Trafford at the end of last season.

Beckham is alright if you want to wheel him out to take a free-kick or a corner, but his time as a viable Premier League player is behind him.

I think a possible return to England is PR-orientated and possibly motivated by his desire to play in the Olympic team in 2012. The frequency with which he discusses the GB team at the London Games, and possibly being captain, suggests he feels he is entitled to a place in the team. He helped secure the Games for London but I'm not sure that his input was all that crucial.

If you are picking a Great Britain side then you want to pick one that has a chance of winning the thing. You won't do that with a midfielder the wrong side of 35. All the other teams will be full of youth and energy. Against England in midweek, Gareth Bale started for Wales at right midfield. If the GB team is pulled from across all the countries, is he to make way for Beckham's vanity project?

It's admirable that Beckham retains such enthusiasm for the game, but clearly his decision to join LA Galaxy in 2007 was the wrong one from a football point of view.

He could have returned to the Premier League then, instead of five years later. It might have been beneficial on a personal level but has he changed football in America, as he set out to do? No.

Game of the weekend: Bolton v Manchester United

This should be a good battle at the Reebok Stadium. Kevin Davies has already said that he and his team-mates are relishing the chance to put David De Gea under real pressure and test his mettle.

Of course, it is a strategy that Bolton employ in any case, but it is interesting that Davies felt confident enough to go public with it. They will look to exploit any nerves from De Gea at crosses and high balls.

The start to his United career has been pockmarked by mistakes so it will be a big, big test for the goalkeeper. The players will be getting at him and so will the fans, who will probably throw some choice words his way.

He has to get himself right from the start of the game as any perceived weakness will be leapt upon. However, United as a team will be flying after their 8-2 win over Arsenal.

Shock of the weekend: Wolves v Tottenham

I think this has upset written all over it. Tottenham are yet to win a game this season while Wolves have taken seven points from three.

Harry Redknapp finds himself under pressure. When he first came to Spurs he let everyone know about the terrible start to the season they had under Juande Ramos and now he is in a sticky situation himself.

They are still expected to beat Wolves at Molineux, but Mick McCarthy's men have started the season superbly well and will be a real threat.

Tottenham could be exposed in midfield, even with the addition of Parker, who will start the game along with fellow new signing Emmanuel Adebayor.

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