Brooklyn Beckham could be in line to enter the family business and enter the world of professional football following the news that he’s linked up with Chelsea for a trial.
Ladbrokes have priced the son of former England captain David at an exceptionally large 16/1 to sign on with the Blues before his 18th birthday, suggesting he might not be quite as good as his old man.
These odds, however, should probably be a fair way longer.
For a kick off, Brooklyn is aged just 13, meaning there’s plenty that could happen in the five years between now and when he turns 18 that could sway Chelsea’s decision to offer him the opportunity to sign pro. Another important factor that undermines the value of this price is that the European champions have expressed that Beckham’s training at their Cobham facility is to acclimatise him with junior football in England.
He is, therefore, not on Chelsea’s books in the same capacity as a genuine academy prospect that has been scouted playing Sunday league football. This appears to be little more than an unfair advantage awarded to Brooklyn than an opportunity to make it to the big time.
Applying this logic then, there is not one iota of value in backing young Brooklyn to skipper the Three Lions at 66/1.
In a similar vein, Ladbrokes are offering 25/1 for the spawn of Posh and Becks to play in a professional football match for Manchester United prior to the year 2025 which should also be avoided.
If he was to be accepted into the Red Devil’s academy it would have to be soon, lest he get too old, and supreme ruler of the roost Sir Alex Ferguson hardly seems the type to be swooned by the romance of Beckham’s son following in his father’s footsteps if he’s not quite up to the exceedingly high standard Man United demand.
The best bet the firm are offering regarding Brooklyn’s would-be football career is that he dons the number seven jersey while playing for any professional outfit.
This encompasses any team the world over and, assuming no footballing powerhouse takes him on, it’s difficult to envisage him scrabbling around in the lower leagues with Accrington Stanley.
A return to the States, however, is something that would appeal.
Obviously, the standards are nowhere near as high across the pond and the MLS would welcome the son of a former Galactico with open arms as part of their perpetual quest to raise their profile.
Unlike Sir Alex, they may be suckered in by the romance of it all and, should he pull on a number seven in America, or anywhere for that matter, a price of 7/1 may reap healthy rewards.
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