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Could Beckham really play right back?
David Beckham has returned for his second loan spell at AC Milan where he has an outside chance of playing right back.
Massimo Oddo is injured while left back Marek Jankulovski has been hit by fitness and form problems so Gianluca Zambrotta has been operating on the left of the defence rather than the right.
Ignazio Abate is a midfielder who has been filling in at the back but has not convinced the Rossoneri faithful.
Could all this prompt Leonardo to put Becks in defence?
The 34-year-old, likely to be on the bench against Genoa on Wednesday, has said he is happy to play anywhere and midfielders like Gennaro Gattuso will be seething if Beckham comes back into the side for just five months and steals their place.
Right back suddenly looks an ideal spot, even if Leonardo almost laughed off the idea late last year.
Beckham has never had great pace but is decent at defending while playing right back would allow him to swing in his famous crosses, which would not be so easy to produce in a narrow three-man midfield.
Of course the main reason Beckham is back at Milan from Los Angeles Galaxy is to try to safeguard his England World Cup squad place.
But what about a starting spot for Fabio Capello’s men in South Africa come June? That seemed unlikely with pacy duo Aaron Lennon and Theo Walcott among those who looked ahead of Beckham in the pecking order for a start on the right wing.
England’s right back position is a different kettle of fish, however. Liverpool’s Glen Johnson is injured and pundits question his defensive ability.
Injury-prone Wes Brown would probably be next in line but he has been playing centre back for Manchester United instead this season and has been exposed of late, especially in the shock home FA Cup defeat to third tier Leeds United on Sunday.
Luke Young has retired from international football, Gary Neville hardly plays anymore. Who else is there?
If Beckham does play right back for Milan and is decent, Capello may have an answer.
PHOTO: AC Milan’s David Beckham arrives at the Milanello training center in Carnago, northern Italy, Dec 28, 2009. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito