Why Beckham influence could help nick the title for Spurs
The forces of the hysterical and the outraged are already rising up in righteous dismay about David Beckham's proposed move to Spurs.
The tone of some of the opposition is that the prospect of Beckham's return to the Premier League is some sort of moral affront to football.
Actually, it's just a very simple call. If the LA Galaxy can be persuaded to release Beckham for a short loan period, why wouldn't Spurs want to take him?
It's a no-brainer. It can't do any harm and it might just give Spurs a critical boost as they jockey for position in the title race.
Beckham may be an ageing superstar but he is still a superstar, still someone whose presence will inject added excitement into training sessions and match days.
Still someone who will be able to motivate and stimulate fantastic talents like Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale.
He is not going to dislodge players like that from the first team. Anyone who suspects that is the plan misconstrues the point of Harry Redknapp's interest in the player.
The former England captain is not going to be in the Spurs starting line-up every week if he pitches up at White Hart Lane but that does not mean he cannot play his part in helping Tottenham sustain their excellence deeper into their superb season.
The years may have robbed Beckham of some of his speed and stamina but they have not sapped his technical ability.
As England boss Fabio Capello knows, Beckham keeps possession better than any other English player, a skill that can be invaluable late in games.
His ability with the dead ball is also undimmed, another reason why he could make an impact as a substitute at Spurs.
And if he goes to Tottenham, even on loan, it sends out a message that Spurs have arrived as a leading force in the European game.
His presence will have a knock-on effect. Other leading players will follow him.
That's why I hope the deal comes off. There is no downside. It will be good for Beckham, good for Spurs, good for the Premier League, good for England, good for English football.
Redknapp and Beckham are two of the game's most popular men. If anyone can coax another Indian summer out of Beckham's career, it is Harry.
Sir Alex Ferguson has attracted plenty of criticism for reacting to the sacking of his son Darren at Preston by recalling Manchester United players he had loaned to the club. I don't blame him. You loan players to a club under certain circumstances and when those circumstances changed, Ferguson was perfectly entitled to recall them.
Anyway, Darren proved himself a fine prospect as a manager at Peterborough. Preston should have stuck with him.
Last week, after Newcastle's defeat by Spurs, I suggested that Cheik Tiote was a glorious change from the type of player who cheated to try to get an opponent sent-off.
After watching his pathetic histrionics against Wigan, I wish to apologise for my error.