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David Beckham Training With Spurs: Good Or Bad?

CHIGWELL UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11: David Beckham sighted training with the Tottenham Hotspur players  on January 11 2011 in Chigwell England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
CHIGWELL UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11: David Beckham sighted training with the Tottenham Hotspur players on January 11 2011 in Chigwell England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
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After trying to secure male model and part time soccer player David Beckham on a short loan this transfer window, Spurs are taking on the player to train with the club, where he started his youth career in 1987. Although it seems mundane, having Becks on the training pitch is something of a polarizing idea. Is it worth having him behind close doors at Spurs Lodge?

There are some advantages of having Beckham training with the club. First and foremost, the experience he brings is astronomical. With a relatively young squad yet extremely talented through the midfield, a guiding hand to Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale on set pieces and crosses will pay dividends down the road. An upcoming home and home series with AC Milan comes at a good time with Beckham training, since he was loaned to the Italian club in 2009 and 2010, and could give pointers to players and possibly aid in Harry's tactical preparation. 

Despite bringing his prowess to North London, the way the entire scenario came to fruition was exactly what David Beckham has become all about in recent years: pomp & circumstance. The possibility of a Beckham loan generated a staggering amount of media attention, essentially over nothing (LA Galaxy never gave permission for a loan despite the Beckham/Harry love fest in the papers). The ensuing media circus over his training stint could be a potentially big distraction for a team competing on three fronts. This isn't the case with another MLS star, Thierry Henry, who has been quietly training with Arsenal before he returns to the NY Red Bulls. 

As long as the team stays focused I don't have an issue with Beckham training with the team because of what he will impart to the young guns of Spurs. What are your thoughts on the Beckham circus invading North London?