Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scott Parker – loyal or lacking ambition?

Loyal or lacking ambition?

Is it better for a player to be a ‘big fish in a small pond’ or to go to a club where they may have to fight for their place, but will challenge themselves at the highest levels?

Mercurial

Probably the most famous case of this is Matt Le Tissier the mercurial player who spent his whole sixteen year career playing at Southampton and ended up with just eight England caps despite being one of the finest players of his generation. It is often said that a move to the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United would have seen ‘Le Tiss’ become an England regular.

The reason I ask the question is because I was slightly surprised to see that West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has signed a new long term contract with the club that will keep him there until 2014.

Secret

It was a not too closely guarded secret that Harry Redknapp wanted Parker at Tottenham to help his side in their Champions League campaign this season. You would have thought that a move to a top four team and playing in the world’s best club competition would be a better prospect than another season of probable struggle at Upton Park wouldn’t you?

Speaking on the West Ham official website, Parker said,

“I always knew this was where I was going to be. I really wanted to stay here, give it a shot and see what can happen. I just want to do my best for West Ham. With the transfer window there is always a lot of hype. The owners spoke out last season and I am more than happy. And the fans mean a lot to me. The most important thing is feeling welcome and appreciated by the fans, and that is the one thing I do feel.”

Loyalty

Is this just a case of a player showing the sort of loyalty that we are constantly told doesn’t exist in football any more, or is there more to it?

Parker had a small taste of what life could be like at a top Premier League club when he spent a season at Chelsea. He made just fifteen appearances for them and never established himself as a first team regular.

Apart from that time at Chelsea he has always been a star man at Charlton, Newcastle and, since 2007, West Ham. As he says, he is welcome and appreciated at Upton Park and he feels that is important.

Reviews

Parker’s performances at West Ham have earned him rave reviews with him seeming to almost single-handedly keep them in the Premier League last season. Despite that, and the interest shown in him by top clubs, he has earned just three England caps and didn’t make the World Cup after being one of the few who missed out from the initial selection.

Some players need to challenge themselves at the very highest level and take the risks that are associated with doing that. Others choose to stay where they are comfortable even if it means not reaching the heights they may be capable of reaching.

Loved

What do we think, is Scott Parker simply being loyal, or has his experience at Chelsea meant that he just wants to stay where he is guaranteed a first team place and feels loved?

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Graham Fisher


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Chelsea FC Fan
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Maybe it’s a bit of both…loyalty and contentment. Personally, if I was proud to wear the shirt of any club, I would never want to take it off just to go play somewhere else… As for his selection to the National team – that is purely on the shoulders of the coach who should be picking players like Parker instead of just throwing the biggest names in the league together…there’s no doubt in my mind that Parker would bring a little more hustle and grit to the England midfield than Lampard would…but don’t take it as a knock against Franky… Read more »
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It does not matter where a player is to receive national team callup. If he is the best then he will be wherever he is. There is no point trying to compete with over 5 players for the same position in a team like Chelsea when you can be a regular at another team. A good player needs regular play to maintain good form. I have always believed Scott Parker is the missing ingredient in the Three Lions.

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I’ll just clarify myself to say that I didn’t mean if Parker was proud to be with Chelsea that he should have stayed even if he wasn’t getting regular first-team football. If I was Parker, I would have probably left Chelsea too….haha NO I WOULDN’T…but if I was Parker and wanted more playing time and West Ham gave it to me, and I loved West Ham, I wouldn’t leave the Hammers either – whether or not they win or lose. Parker is overdue to be selected for England. I think he’d be amazing playing alongside Stevie G.
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