David Beckham’s time in the MLS is all but done, so it seems. A very successful 2011 season for him personally and for the Los Angeles Galaxy meant a happy ending to his US adventure, but it doesn’t mean that PSG, a club on the rise, with aspirations of joining Europe’s elite should sign the 36 year old international.
Antoine Kombouare may be the head coach in Paris, but there’s no doubt who the strong man is in the club – Leonardo, the Director of Football, who found himself a comfortable gig after his Milanese ventures. Seeing the money spent achieve “only” 30 points out of a possible 42 is adding pressure on him from the Middle Eastern ownership, which mounts heavily on Kombouare’s shoulders.
David Beckham adds pressure, expectations. The financial boom his presence still manages to generate despite being 8 years past his prime isn’t worth the illusion of making the team better. He still works hard, he still takes brilliant set pieces. But will he make PSG better? I think not. Kombouare might not keep his job even if PSG finish this season at first, for the first time since 1994. With David Beckham boosting expectations but not upgrading the team?
His third season at the Parisian club may well be his last.