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David Beckham has written his name into the Premier League history books 100 times over and now his son, Romeo Beckham, could be offered a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps as he’s joining Brentford on loan until the end of the season.
Who is Romeo Beckham the footballer?
To a lot of people Romeo Beckham, 20, will just be the son of former Man United and Real Madrid star David. He’s more than that though and has slowly been laying the groundwork towards a career in professional football. That all began in London, where his father was born, when he joined the Arsenal academy as a 12-year-old. That didn’t last though with the youngster unsure of his desire to commit to football.
Fast forward a few years though and the now 19-year-old Romeo has a change of heart. By now, his dad was owner of MLS club Inter Miami and Beckham junior penned a deal with Fort Lauderdale of the USL, which is best thought of as MLS-lite. Lauderdale were closely associated with Inter Miami as a feeder club and have since become formally known as Inter Miami II confirming that link between the two; that also means Beckham has now been playing in the MLS Next Pro league.
With the Miami second string – and when briefly involved with the first team – Romeo has impressed. Two things in particular have been highlighted; his workrate and his ability to strike a ball, both of which are aspects of his dad’s game that were lauded. The best evidence of his inherited skills though came in a game for Miami II as he “bent it like Beckham” to score a free kick although there is probably more substance to be found in the fact he assisted 10 goals in just 20 appearances last season.
Romeo Beckham scores a free kick for Inter Miami II and a) his stance and technique is eerily similar to pops and b) my god I’m watching David Beckham’s son highlights. ME: 👴🏼 pic.twitter.com/7OZSNQQy3M
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) July 11, 2022
What is the Brentford deal?
Beckham has been training with Brentford – albeit with their B team – for a while now having been granted permission to join them at the end of the American campaign. During the three months since then, Beckham has impressed the hierarchy with the Bees reserve team boss Neil MacFarlane waxing lyrical about the levels of professionalism the youngster has shown.
Despite family ties to Inter Miami, it is undoubtedly a step up from the MLS to a Premier League club even if in the reserve set up initially. Under the terms of his loan, Beckham now has until the end of the season to prove he’s worth a further look and, potentially, a chance in the first team. Beckham himself has stated how “excited” he is at the opportunity and is “proud” to be representing the club.
Could we see Romeo Beckham in the Premier League?
The short answer to this question is yes, absolutely. In reality though, we are likely quite a few steps away from Beckham replicating his dad in that sense. He’s only today signed with the intention of playing for the B side after training with them for fitness purposes meaning he’d quickly have to leapfrog some of his new teammates into catching the eye of Thomas Frank – the first team boss. If, however, the deal gets extended into next season then the possibility of a Beckham back in the top tier of England will become very real.