So far, a Premier League move hasn’t materialised and while he has probably been frustrated, he has been a true gentleman all summer and not caused a racket about leaving as others have before him. Heavy rumours of moves to Aston Villa, Totteham and a return to Chelsea have all failed to materialise and this has allowed Stoke to step up their interest in him.
Stoke has been relatively quiet in the market so far, releasing several aging servants and recruiting one astute buy in a pay-as-you-play Jonathan Woodgate. The Potters’ style of play is well known and in some parts unfairly criticised – but the acquisition of Scott Parker might well change the way Stoke look to use the ball.
Having been a top class Premier League player for around a decade, Parkers’ qualities have been well established. Last season was one of his finest, where he more or less took over the team leadership role from Avram Grant in the Hammer’s time of need. He would add to the determined nature of Stoke’s squad will adding a touch of class.
Signing him is a no-brainer except for his potential wage demands. At 31, there is likely to be little sell-on value and should his wages creep to high, Stoke will have repeated Hull’s Jimmy Bullard scenario which is still haunting them today.
Overall, it is difficult to argue that Scott Parker would not be an immense signing for Stoke City this season – even with the considerations of age and wage!
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