How good is Inter Miami's Romeo Beckham?
Inter Miami's Romeo Beckham is currently training with Brentford's B team and is set to make his debut for the London side this weekend.
According to The Mirror:
"Romeo Beckham is set to make his debut in English professional football … at Crewe Alexandra.
"The 20-year-old is training with the Brentford B team, who will meet Crewe in a specially-arranged behind-closed-doors game on Saturday. The League Two club announced the fixture on Monday and said reports and special updates would be provided but no spectators would be allowed inside the Alexandra Stadium."
How good is he?
Beckham like his dad (David Beckham) is a right-sided midfielder/winger who can also play in attacking midfield.
He is just 20 years old and currently with Inter Miami II. In total, he has made 26 appearances for Herons scoring twice and making 10 assists.
He will, of course, be compared to his father and against the Orlando City B team, he scored a fantastic free-kick from 25 yards which David would be proud of.
He spent a season at Arsenal's academy but after his release in 2015 he gave up football to pursue playing tennis. He even trained with Great Britain tennis legend Andy Murray.
But after joining Inter Miami in 2021 his focus is back kicking a ball rather than hitting it with a racket.
Romeo's older brother Brooklyn also played for Arsenal's academy but following his release decided to pursue other interests including modelling, photography and cooking.
Could he follow in his father's footsteps?
Whilst David went to play in MLS late on in his career, Romeo has begun his career in the USA. It is clear he has the talent and a perfect role model in his dad to make it to the top.
His career at Inter Miami will, unfortunately, be accused of nepotism given that David is a co-owner of the club. Their manager Phil Neville has already been accused of this when he brought on his son Harvey and Romeo during a 6-0 friendly defeat to Barcelona last summer.
Criticisms of nepotism need to be used by Romeo as motivation to prove that he is playing due to his footballing ability rather than because of who his father is.
David's former international teammate Frank Lampard is the son of Frank Lampard senior who was a coach at West Ham United whilst his son was coming through the ranks.
The young Frank was accused of only being in the team because not only was his father a coach but the manager was Harry Redknapp who is his uncle.
Lampard used the criticism of nepotism to drive him to become one of the best goalscoring midfielders ever in the Premier League. He also had a spell in MLS late in his career with New York City FC.
Romeo could go to his dad's former teammate in Lampard for advice on how to deal with such criticism. But for now, his focus will be on performing for Brentford's B team against Crewe this weekend. Maybe one day we will see him starring in MLS and potentially even the Premier League.