Scott Parker is fast-becoming a true West Ham legend. The midfielder joined West Ham in 2007 from Newcastle and is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
So far this season he has scored four goals. He is the one player who shows consistency and passion with every game played. His absence for the Liverpool game was one which didn’t go unnoticed.
For two years running he has won Hammer of the Year (2008-2009 and 2009-2010). He is a hard-tackling and hard working player who gives it his all every time. Not much gets past Scotty and his tackles are nearly always inch-perfect.
One goal that comes to mind when you think of Scott Parker is the one he scored against Wigan on the 24th of April this year. That goal he scored earned the Hammers a vital three points to survive. He once again stepped up on Saturday against Wigan.
He secured the three points for West Ham and watching the goal again, you can see there was no way the Wigan defence was going to get at it. Parker set his eyes on it and didn’t care what happened after as long as he scored.
Upon scoring this goal he was close to tears, reflecting exactly what West Ham means to him. Currently our leading scorer for this season – he would definitely be missed for any league games. Despite the fact he’s now 30, he has as much drive and energy as the youth boys.
He is definitely an inspiration to all the younger players. There have been calls for him to be included in the England squad – which he has but not featured. But, after the Dean Ashton saga, it may be for the best if he doesn’t play. Any injury that would rule him out for West Ham would not be forgiven in a hurry, if at all.
Soon enough he will be named amongst the likes of Paolo Di Canio, Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and Geoff Hurst. It’s no more than he deserves.
And with Gold and Sullivan saying in the summer that he would not be sold no matter how much was offered for him, it’s obvious he’s happy there. He is absolutely vital to the Hammers and it’s important he stays at West Ham for as long as possible.
He deserves a lounge named after him in West Ham’s hospitality areas. We love you Scotty!
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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