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On the face of it, you might wonder why a team who have won six and drawn two of their past eight games would want to recruit a 35 year-old England reject.

Especially when you consider that Tottenham’s winning goal this afternoon derived from the sort of dead-ball situation that helped make David Beckham the most famous footballer in the Britain.

Indeed, in Rafael van der Vaart, who took the decisive free-kick and Gareth Bale, who deftly guided it past Mark Schwarzer, Spurs already have two specialists in that department of the game.

Yet from open-play, there was still plenty to suggest that Beckham would be a useful January addition.

Yes, there were moments of explosive pace from Aaron Lennon that Beckham could never hope to match, but his delivery was consistently wayward.

Just Beckham’s presence around the training ground – and the diligent way he practices his delivery – may do wonders for Lennon. More importantly, it is clear that Beckham could also provide a different option for a Tottenham team with plenty of pace on the flanks but an occasional lack of guile and composure.

Indeed, Tottenham were fortunate to find themselves in front at half-time today following a turgid first-half during which they were generally contained.

Fulham then actually took the game to Spurs throughout the second-half, but were let down by the familiar problem this season of a lack of a cutting edge.

Damien Duff had been brilliantly put clear in space by Chris Baird but blazed over with his weaker right foot and then Michael Dawson made a vital interception to deny Clint Dempsey after Heurelho Gomes had saved Andy Johnson’s shot.

Tottenham also had chances to extend their lead, with Bale cutting inside to force a save from Schwarzer before shooting wastefully over with his right foot.

Yet with William Gallas and Michael Dawson both outstanding, Tottenham defended resiliently to clinch three valuable points.

It is a result which, with Chelsea playing tomorrow, lifts Tottenham into the fourth Champions League position and leaves Fulham second from bottom of a congested Premier League table.

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