Scott Parker has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer due to the amount of midfielders Andre Villas-Boas currently has at his disposal.
Defensive midfielder Parker, who was third in the pecking order behind the likes of Sandro and Mousa Dembele last season, provides a curious case for further introspection.
The addition of Paulinho to the Spurs ranks is expected to push him further down the pecking order.
Parker along with Tom Huddlestone find themselves at crossroads as they are looking for regular playing time.
Huddlestone was up for grabs last season and it is no wonder that he finds himself constantly linked with moves to Fulham and Sunderland.
On-the-other-hand veteran Parker finds himself in an unknown territory, due to his mediocre performances after an impressive start to life at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham got the best out of the charismatic veteran in 2011-12 season, who joined the club after winning the FWA Footballer of the Year.
The former Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham United man settled in quickly and became the club's footballer of the year award in his first season with the north London club.
Parker provided a solid defensive shield at White Hart Lane to form the base for their fluent attacking displays.
He fought tooth and neck with opposition players to regain the ball and passed the ball to more creative players in his team to wreck havoc against opposition.
He was instrumental under Harry Redknapp and former a fantastic partnership with Luka Modric.
But things changed at the summer, Villas-Boas replaced Redknapp at the helm, Dembele came in for Modric and most notably Sandro took Parker's spot.
Parker's role changed in new system and his performances started dipping.
Parker found himself at the periphery of things when Sandro-Dembele combination grew from strength to strength.
Spurs midfield duo covered for each other in attack as well as in defence. Even though an injury to Sandro opened his way again, he never got settled in the new Spurs system.
Parker isn't a box-to-box midfielder whom Villas-Boas was looking for and was a failure while going forward.
He was accused of slowing down the game by taking unnecessary turns and twists with the ball at his feet.
His lack of creativity exposed his vulnerabilities in the opposition third. He was in an unfamiliar territory as opposed to his role of screening the defence and found himself out of place on many occasions.
Parker was never an attacking threat as he is little more than a defensive midfielder or a traditional quarter back.
The man of steel is a hard-working destructive player, who can provide a good shield for any defence. He can regain the ball, but he doesn't create things on his own or convert the chances that come his way!
Parker doesn't deserves a place in the Tottenham starting line-up in the current scenario. But he can be a useful squad player, his experience and never say die attitude will be a good option to call upon from the bench.
With his vital experience and quality Tottenham can easily rely on a plan B, when things doesn't work out on their favour.
With the departure of William Gallas, Tottenham can also count on his leadership qualities as well.
Tottenham has a relatively inexperienced set of midfielders discounting the exit-bound Parker and Huddlestone.
Parker's presence will help the younger players to fulfil their potential. He can be good guide and mentor to the upcoming talents as well.
Even if not a regular, Parker can challenge and push the other players to get the best out of them.
Competition for places is always a good thing to have in a top team if its healthy.
But it looks like Parker doesn't feature prominently in Spurs' plans as QPR and West Ham United are trying to add him to their books.
QPR are said to be ready to take him to the Championship on a permanent deal, to lead their fight back to the Premier League under Redknapp.
While West Ham can only offer a loan deal after spending the majority of their money on Andy Carroll.
Spurs might be able to free up some space in their wage budget with his release, but it's not easy to get such an experienced campaigner in your ranks.
If Parker is ready to accept a squad role at Tottenham, it will be the best solution for all the parties involved.
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