Romeo Beckham has a big reputation to live up to, but he can’t be compared to famous football father David, says Brentford head coach Thomas Frank.
The 20-year-old joined Premier League team Brentford on loan this week and made his debut for the reserves on Tuesday in the London Seniors Cup tie against Erith and Belvedere.
Romeo’s father was in the Park View Road stands to watch his son, who made 20 appearances for Inter Miami II in the MLS Next Pro last season.
Talk of another Beckham taking the Premier League by storm has gotten a lot of attention, but Frank wants Romeo to be judged on his own ability, not anyone else’s.
“Romeo is a very good player, of course he has a famous name all over the world and it’s famous,” Frank said at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“For Romeo, he is himself. He certainly has a big name. you can’t compare [father and son]”.
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Frank drew a comparison between Michael Laudrup and his son Andreas, previously run by the Brentford boss.
“Perhaps Laudrup is also a worthy player. [like David Beckham]Frank said. “I coached his son and it’s important to see him as a player – not like Laudrup, but like himself.
“Romeo is here for a reason because we think he is a good player and we are happy that he was able to secure a loan deal.”
Brentford B manager Neil MacFarlane praised Romeo for his performance in the midweek cup tie, while Frank urged the youngster to do enough to earn a permanent contract.
“We are happy to see that he is doing well and we are pleased with his performance in the last game. When you have players, permanent or on loan, it’s not just that,” Frank said.
“It’s either to get the team working or to extend the loan deal and make it permanent, so we just hope he keeps progressing and makes it interesting for us.”
Brentford’s senior side are ninth in the Premier League and host Bournemouth on Saturday.