Date:Tuesday August 20 2013
Firstly the sale of Scott Parker was hardly a shock, but I was heartened to see he perhaps put footballing reasons over financial ones.
I like Scott Parker, as a player and I get the feeling I would also like him as a man, as much as I do as professional footballer. Now we don't have the full financial details of his move or what QPR offered for his signature, but I was really pleased to see him opt for a Premiership move, as opposed to rejoining Harry at Loftus Rd, which however it was sugar-coated, would have seemed like his first steps into semi retirement, whilst joining Martin Jol at fulham still hints at playing ambition and that he still feels he has plenty to offer the game and who knows England next summer.
Scott came in for some major criticism last season, but how much of that was due to his missing the first half of games and also not quite fitting in or adjusting to the new style and demands of AVB? We have seen several other players struggle to adapt last season, some were fit the whole time, such as Kyle Walker, whilst others such as BAE, never quite got yo grips with what was wanted.
Was Parker a little direct or one diminutional for what was needed in the medium to long term? Did he just struggle to catch up with the others around him and maybe even lacked a little confidence and not quite being in the clique of the squad or already felt his time was coming to an end with Spurs under the new regime? Unless he writes a book, I doubt we will ever know the absolute truth, but I am guessing that maybe, it was a little bit of all of those. That of course doesn't make him finished or a bad player, just the the time was up with him at WHL
Now, with a pre season behind him and I assume regular football at Craven Cottage, it wouldn't surprise me to see the same Scott Parker that we saw when he first joined us. Sure he is a couple of years older, but he is also wiser and still appears to have a hunger for the game that may have also been renewed by his missing so much last season. Last summer, I speculated that he was probably mistaken for playing for England in the Euros, when he was suffering with his achilles problem, but of course who could have blamed him for trying to at last establish himself in the England side. Perhaps that gamble backfired, as the following downtime may have cost him his England and Spurs careers, however would anyone really bet against him regaining his club form and also his England place this season?..
Date:Tuesday August 20 2013
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