West Ham’s relegation from the Premier League is going to bring about huge changes at Upton Park, wages will need to be slashed and some of the top players will leave the club.
One player who is a nailed on certainty to leave West Ham is England International Scott Parker, who has a list of big Premier League clubs among his admirers. Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his intention to bring the Football Writers’ Player of the Year to White Hart Lane this summer, but do Tottenham actually need Parker?
My initial response to this question would be, no they don’t need him. When you look at the central midfielders Tottenham already have at their disposal in, Jermaine Jenas, Sandro, Tom Huddlestone, Luka Modric, Wilson Palacios and Niko Kranjcar, there is plenty of quality there.
Then I thought there is a good chance the likes of Jenas and Kranjcar will be sold in the summer which would make the addition of Parker a logical step. Jenas and Kranjcar are players I would imagine Harry Redknapp would be happy to sacrifice, but one man he will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of, is Luka Modric. The Croat is rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United and Chelsea and the top two could pull out all the stops in their attempts to sign the playmaker.
Should the unthinkable happen and Spurs lose Modric, any move for Parker would surely become all the more rational, and may even see Parker become a top priority for Redknapp. It would be unlikely Spurs would have it all their own way in their pursuit of Parker though, as Arsenal and Liverpool are also reportedly interested in the player.
The sale of Modric is all ifs and buts, so let’s assume he stays at White Hart Lane, would a Parker and Modric central midfield pairing be a good combination for Spurs? Parker has defensive qualities to his game that Modric doesn’t, although I wouldn’t typify Parker as a defensive midfielder as he loves to get forward as well. So would it work having two players of an attacking nature in the middle at the expense of, say Sandro, Palacios or Huddlestone?
It could be argued that, regardless of how any potential formations would work out, bringing Parker to the club would be a good move, solely because, having a player of his drive, determination and commitment in the ranks, adds quality and strength in depth. Having both Parker and Modric in the squad may mean at times resting one or the other in order to get the right balance, but having players of their calibre can only be a positive move to get Spurs back into the top four next season.
So do you think Scott Parker be a welcome addition at White Hart Lane this summer?
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