Parker's back! But for how long?
Scott Parker played his first game for Spurs this season in a reserve friendly against Ipswich yesterday as he hopefully nears a long overdue return to full fitness.
Though it may be a week or two early to talk of Scotty returning to the Spurs starting XI and how he will fit in alongside the likes of Sandro and Dembele, for me his return is a huge boost to AVB as despite our recent upturn, we have missed Parker's calm assuredness and influence in our midfield, but whether his return offers AVB a potential to play three central midfielders or we simply have options to rotate, I will leave that for you to discuss and for AVB to ponder.
I am a self confessed Parker fan. I was delighted to see us sign him and only wish we could have done it earlier. Parker is an outstanding reader of the game and until injury hampered his final weeks of last season, he was without question my Spurs player of the season. Of course since he has been out, Sandro has been fantastic, but I remain unconvinced that the two can play together and offer enough creativity in a midfield two, so is it now a case of one or the other, unless we re-look at the teams shape?
Since the appointment of Harry Redknapp at QPR the media seem keen to re-unite him with Parker and for some the idea of getting our money back on a player that has just turned 32 is great and sensible business, but in an age when players are fitter and able to play for longer, would we be too premature in writing off a player that not so long ago was outstanding and remains the best English DCM and is a more intelligent and experienced option that the potentially world-class Sandro at this time. In an age where squads are essential, is having £5m in the bank and a big earner off the payroll better or worse business than keeping a player that is proven quality?
Of course the main issue is whether AVB rates him and see's a place in his team in the short to medium term. Parker may well be outstanding in several aspects of his game, but as time passes, is there a need for players who are multi-dimensional as opposed to being excellent at one job? Personally I feel that selling Parker would be a bad move, but perhaps if we are able to bring in a player like Moutihno, finances may well be the deciding factor and could for example, Tottenham refuse a deal to sell Parker and perhaps Dawson to pay well over half of the fee to bring in a player that is considered one of AVB's prime targets...