There is a big summer in the transfer window ahead for Tottenham, with an emphasis on bringing in players of quality to strengthen the squad sufficiently to challenge for a top four Premier League place once more. However, Andre Villas-Boas must also look to sell a number of players that are not in his plans. One of the bigger names that needs to leave White Hart Lane is Scott Parker.
Although Spurs are keen to sign a new striker (or two) in the transfer window, it would be clever business to look for a strong central midfielder this summer also. The odds for Spurs to get into the top four next term with bwinbetting.com would be shortened if the north Londoners had a dominant player to complement the guile of Mousa Dembele and directness of Sandro.
Parker has been a driving force in the Spurs side since signing from West Ham, and is a respected England international. Having the veteran on the sidelines for the start of the campaign was a blow for Spurs, however the player that returned from injury was not the same force. Parker seems to have lost confidence on the ball, and his constant delaying of passes and pirouetting slows down Tottenham’s attacking play.
Parker is still a player that can be effective in the Premier League, but he is not a player that will get you into the top four. Spurs would be better suited to sell Parker, reducing a major wage earner from the squad, and reinforcing with a younger more technically able player to play in the centre of the park.
Parker’s leadership and determination on the pitch would certainly be missed, but with the likes of Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Gareth Bale in the set-up, there are other leaders.
Parker has been a good player for the club and has played his part in the side’s progression since he joined. However, despite being a fans’ favourite, he has now outstayed his tenure at White Hart Lane and must be replaced with a more technically able footballer.