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Aug. 12th, 2006 @ 05:02 pm Yeah, right...
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Date:August 14th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
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The problem with Beckham was that he was never the amazing player people portrayed him as. His strengths weren't in being the playmaker, the heartbeat and the leader of the side. His strengths were running up and down the wing and sending in crosses.

However, Man United's marketing push in the mid-90s needed a face, and Beckham was the most marketable face they had. So he was portrayed as the great British footballer. He was the face of football. The problem was, he was never that man.

Make no mistake, he is a good player. He takes a mean free-kick, and when he stays on the wing, he gets lots of assists, which is what he's there for. However, when he started to believe the hype, his game went downhill. He started to try and play the game people wanted him to, rather than the game he was good at.

Beckham should be in the team, but his role should be clearly defined as that of a winger. When he stays in this role, he's still the best England has to offer in that position.
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Date:August 15th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Well said.