On loan David Beckham capped a memorable personal week as he helped Milan secure a point against fourth place Genoa with a trademark free kick at the San Siro last night.
It is now two in as many games for the former England skipper, after opening his account with the last of Rossoneri’s goals in a 4-1 demolition of ten-man Bologna last Sunday. Many cynics debated how Beckham would fit into a Milan side already featuring the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho and Clarence Seedorf, but Coach Carlo Ancelotti has opted to start the 33-year-old in all four league games since his arrival, making a bold statement that he sees him as an integral part of the Milan midfield.
Beckham made an uneventful debut for Rossoneri in a friendly against Bundesliga outfit Hamburg in Dubai earlier this month, with Milan eventually winning 4-3 on penalties after the game ended 1-1. This was followed by a quiet, yet effective display as il Diavolo held Roma to 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico. However his performances since then have seen an improvement and his goal against Genoa may prove crucial in their bid to overcome rivals Inter in the race for the Serie A title. The Rossoneri failed to take full advantage of other results last night, but the point closed the gap on second place Juventus to just two after the Bianconeri’s surprise defeat at Udinese.
With Manchester City’s recent world record bid to attempt to prise Kaka away from the San Siro, Milan have found themselves making headlines across the globe for unwanted reasons. However, the Rossoneri have let their football do the talking and it is now one defeat in seven for Ancelotti’s side. Now that Kaka has decided to commit his future to Milan, headlines have switched back to Beckham.
His form for Milan has inevitably sparked speculation from the world’s press that he will make his loan move from Galaxy permanent, despite having three years still to run on his lucrative contract at the MLS side. If the Rossoneri decide to make Beckham’s loan move to the San Siro a permanent fixture, they will acquire a player who has won six Premiership titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, as well as the La Liga with Real Madrid in an illustrious 16-year career.
Ancelotti has stated he would like to see the midfielder stay and Beckham would no doubt relish the opportunity to play for one of Europe’s biggest sides again as he looks to regain his place in the national side when they resume their World Cup qualifying campaign. Ex-Milan Coach Fabio Capello, who was present in the stands last night, has publicly declared he will not consider anyone who is not playing competitive football or indeed match fit for selection. Few could argue that he has settled in well at Milan, who have won two and drawn two of the four Serie A matches in which he has played. Beckham, despite his age and apparent lack of fitness, has continued to answer his critics.
The 33-year-old will be hoping to shrug off a minor injury in time for Sunday’s trip to out of sorts Lazio as he looks to start his another successive game in the red and black of il Diavolo. Beckham has shown he is more than capable of cementing his place in the heart of Milan’s midfield in the absence of Gennaro Gattuso. The football world will have to wait until March to see where Beckham’s future lies, but until then he has proved he has plenty to offer the Rossoneri and sent a clear message to Capello that he deserves a place in the England squad as he bids to win his 108th cap.