PSG: Verratti Will Become The Next Pirlo Under The Tutelage Of Beckham

The playboy midfielder signed for big spending PSG on transfer deadline day and with Beckham in the ranks, young Verratti will be the player who benefits the most from his short time in France.
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The playboy midfielder signed for big spending PSG on transfer deadline day and with Beckham in the ranks, young Verratti will be the player who benefits the most from his short time in France.

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When news began to emanate around the media industry that big spending Paris St. Germain were to sign former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham, understandably the footballing world went a little weak at the knees.

Speculation had been rife as to where the 37-year-old would turn up next, with China and Australia mooted destinations. However, out of contract and looking for that last advertising grabbing move; the footballing playboy settled for the capital of France.

It's no coincidence that H&M released a Guy Ritchie short film starring Beckham in the buff less than a week after the deal was announced and while the club are forking out through the nose for the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva on weekly wages, the midfielder has agreed to donate the entirety of the money he'll earn at the Parc des Princes - believed to be (US)$1m a month - to local children's charities.

Yet, it remains to be seen where Beckham fits into the PSG project. Undoubtedly, in Carlo Ancelotti's 4-2-3-1, the attacking quartet is dominated by Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi, with Jeremy Menez in reserve if needs must.

Some have suggested the former LA Galaxy man will be utilised in a deeper role, much like Frank Lampard for Chelsea this season, regardless of Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta playing the position he'll look to operate.

While the aforementioned duo battle for a starting spot, it is one young Italian that is guaranteed a spot in the starting XI. Marco Verratti arrived in Paris over the summer after a successful season with Pescara the last year, operating in the deep lying playmaker role under then head coach Zdenek Zeman.

Such were his performances, Verratti was dubbed the new Andrea Pirlo; coincidentally the youngster's favourite player. While many had expected the 20-year-old to struggle in his new surroundings, such were the arrivals of big named stars Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Silva, instead, the midfielder has taken to Ligue 1 like a duck to water, failing to be overawed by his new teammates.

Providing the ammunition for the front four, the diminutive schemer has all but played his way into the hearts of Les Parisians fans, with his calming influence and mature demeanour boosting his profile with PSG.

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However, there is still room for Verratti to improve and with his age, that is most certainly the case. He may already be one of the starring lights in France this year, but at just 20; the potential is there for him to take his game to the next level.

This is where the tutelage of Beckham will come into play. The former England international is still highly revered as one of the games best set piece specialists, regardless of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Juninho Pernambucano attempts to steal his thunder.

His experience and passing capabilities that are still so highly revered can see Verratti take his game to the next level. On top of that, Beckham's positional sense will aid the youngster as he bids to live up to his billing as the next Pirlo.

Naturally, the Italian is already one of the most highly rated players in world football, having already earned himself two caps for the national team, netting once. With Beckham alongside him in the middle of the park, that figure will only continuously grow, especially with Pirlo now 33.

Beckham's favoured position may not be in the role that Ancelotti will likely start him, but his capability to pick out a pass and lack of pace, H&M advert aside, means he is perfectly suited to operating the deep lying playmaker role, much like Verratti.

This may hinder the defensive stability of PSG, but with the likes of Silva, Alex, Maxwell and Christophe Jallet, amongst others, occupying the positions in the back four, against teams that are likely to sit back at soak up pressure, the need for a creative 'Doppel Sechs' could well be evident.

Impressively for Verratti, he's already showcasing the talent at 20 that usurps that of Pirlo. He may not be the biggest - standing at 5ft 5in - but his exceptional upper body strength and peripheral vision means he is likely to form a cornerstone of a creative midfield clique that will dominate on the club and international stage.

The young schemer already possesses all the necessary attributes to really take the footballing world by storm. With Beckham alongside him, either on the training pitch or in the starting XI, the veteran midfielder will only bolster his chances of realising his potential, at least when it comes to picking out a pass from distance. In turn, this will only serve as a great asset to both PSG and Italy, even if the recently obtained 37-year-old is in Paris for five months.