I'm writing this fanpost because Bryan Ashlock has asked that I explain my belief that Spurs are better off with Beckham over Tevez. First & foremost I would like to say that I am fully aware that Tevez would be the best striker/center forward/central attacking midfielder we could put on the pitch this season. Furthermore, I understand that Tevez is a better player than Beckham at this stage in their respective careers.
However, I still think that Beckham is the better fit.
(Side Note: I typed this up on my phone's notepad. If there are any egregious grammatical or spelling errors I'd like to apologies in advance. I wrote this in a passionate burst of thumb strokes.)
So now that I've hopefully proven that I'm still sane. My explanation is after the jump...
The Spurs have two key needs. They're key because they fill an immediate, moderate & long-term need:
1) a central defender who's quality makes him unquestionably a first XI defender. Also, said played should not be "injury prone." Lastly, this player is preferably young enough that he could Marshall the defense for the next 3-7 years.
Ex Target: Cahill) I'm not saying he's the guy but Daniel "Admiral Ackbar" Levy feels that he could be that guy, and after bringing in Ade & Parker I don't see any reason to doubt him for now.
2) a dynamic striker who doesn't need an attacking partner. Furthermore, this player is a clinical finisher with an emphasis on causing the defending backline to break its shape due to his penetrating runs. Additionally, I'd personally prefer a player capable of being a target man over a speedster looking to counter-attack. We already have enough pace on the wings for counter attacks. However, what we don't have is a striker to finish the crosses Bale will hopefully start delivering again...
Ex. Target: ?) I've yet to see Damiao play and my only knowledge of the guy is spending 50,000,000 USD on FIFA 12's Manager Mode because the Commentariat loves the guy.
Moderate Need (Fill by start of next season)- I list this from "keeper to striker" not by level of importance
1) KEEPER - all three of our first team keepers are closer to the end of their careers than the start of them. We need a keeper who closer to getting his learners permit than a letter in the mail from AARP. Currently, we don't have any one in the youth ranks ready to make the first eleven. So this needs to be an acquisition thru the transfer market.
2) Back-Up Left Back - Aside from Bassang or pushing Bale back to defense. We only really have one option at left back. We could really use another come Champions League Football next year. We can't expect BAE to play twice a week for a full season.
(Side Note: if Rose is ready to fill that void next year then we're fine.)
3) REPLACE Kranjcar - Despite our depth in midfield injuries have shown us that having another two-way midfielder would do the squad some justice. Modric needs a box-to-box guy who doesn't mind staying back to do some dirty work like Parker or Sandro to be at his best. Let's add another guy who fills that sort of role.
4) Back-Up for Lennon - when Lennon goes down with injury or simply needs rest there is no one to play his position on the flank. We need to find a reliable guy who can get the job done in those circumstances & realizes he's not the first team choice out there.
5) another striker of quality - this could be bringing back Adebayor on a permanent basis or some one new. Regardless we need three strikers on the roster. And the only one worth keeping that we have on a senior team contract is Defoe.
Okay. Now that I've established my view on our needs here's why Becks is preferred to Tevez.
Tevez does not fit any of our needs in the short or long term. If anything Tevez would be best described as a one year luxury because there's no way Levy is going to pay his wages next year. It's true that having a player of Tevez's quality increases our chances of making Champions League next year. However, that doesn't help us get any closer to being a perennial member. Furthermore, we have attacking players who like to sit in "hole" with enough class to get the job done.
However, David Beckham fits two immediate needs for this season & for next. Beckham is eager to return back the EPL and will assume the place of a "veteran" in the squad. He'll provide us with cover for Lennon & could play centrally against lower opposition. Could you imagine the balls being sprayed left, right & center by Modric & Beckham against all those lesser teams we could only draw last year? Furthermore, his inclusion in the team doesn't "rob" someone else of an opportunity to play just because we rented Tevez. Additionally, there are intangibles as discussed in my previous post about Beckham that Tevez just isn't capable of replicating. Mostly the massive increase in jersey sales & additional global media attention.
I'll admit that Beckham doesn't have a place on the team for more than the rest of this year and next. However, by then I would hope that Levy & our new manager have purchased all the necessary pieces to make us perennial champions league participants. Beckham is a stop gap that feels two short term needs while we build around our core of great players. Tevez is a monkey wrench in the core that only prolongs the development of our core.
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