So it looks as if Tottenham Hotspur will be signing West Ham midfielder Scott Parker before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night. But is Parker really worth all the hype?
Parker, the football writer’s player of the year for last season, undoubtedly had a terrific season for West Ham, despite the club’s relegation to the Championship. His performances even caught the eye of England manager Fabio Cappello and Parker managed to get himself back in England squad, after several years in the international wilderness.
But Parker has only really ever managed to shine whilst playing for one of the Premier League’s lesser teams, such as Charlton and West Ham respectively, when he is the central figure and heartbeat of the team. He failed to make a huge impact at Chelsea when he was signed for £10 million in 2004.
He was sold onto Newcastle United after a year at Stamford Bridge and he didn’t have the best of times there either, before moving onto West Ham in 2007, meaning he had a bad 3 year spell in his career where he was hardly recognised as a top Premier League midfielder.
It was his move to West Ham that reignited his stuttering career and he has come on leaps and bounds at Upton Park. But with his wages of almost £70,000-a-week, no Premier League team was willing to bring him back to the top flight on that kind of wage this season, especially for a player who is almost 31.
But it now seems Tottenham Hotspur are willing to give Parker a route back into the Premier League, as Harry Redknapp is a huge fan of the midfielder. He will bring a lot of steel and bite to Spurs’ midfield there is no doubt about that and he will complement the mercurial style of Luka Modric very well, but is he the type of signing Spurs need to return to the Champions League?
Spurs are trying very hard to also bring Lassana Diarra to White Hart Lane and in my opinion that would be a better signing at this moment in time. Diarra is a French international with Premier League experience having played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth. Harry Redknapp is also a huge fan of Diarra, having signed him for Portsmouth.
Diarra has international and Champions League experience and he knows what it’s like to win trophies, having won cups with both Portsmouth and Real Madrid.
Scott Parker would be an excellent acquisition for any Premier League side below the top six but I don’t believe he has the quality that Tottenham need in their midfield to be able to challenge the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool for a top four finish.
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