Posted on January 29, 2007
Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas has declared that, no matter the money spent or reputation gained, David Beckham will not earn a starting spot simply by showing up in August.
“He is one of the best players in the world, but he will have to fight for his place here,” the former U.S. star told El Pais. “If he doesn’t perform, he will have to go on the bench like anyone else.”
“We play a 4-4-2, and although he plays well on the flank, I have thought about playing him in the center because he works so hard.”
Lalas also offered his opinion that the astronomical money spent to bring the former England captain over from Real Madrid will pay off for MLS.
“If you want something great, you have to pay for it,” he insisted. “Beckham is worth every euro we have paid for him.”