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Spurs best XI in depth: Scott Parker

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Was it really going to be anyone else? The other half of To the Lane and Back’s midfield duo, summer arrival Scott Parker completes the defensive aspect of the formation.

Parker was linked with a move to Spurs throughout the transfer window and many fans remains sceptical about why he was being signed. Some felt he may have done well at West Ham United but then again, so could have anyone.

Captaining the Hammers to relegation is something Parker will like to forget quickly but and it isn’t anything to put on a CV and be proud of. Nonetheless, his displays for them were beyond exceptional and even though the critics were out in full force when he picked up the FWA Player of the Year, it is an award he thoroughly deserved.

Arsenal and Liverpool were both credited with an interest in the 30-year-old and their loss is most definitely Spurs gain. His displays alongside Luka Modric thus far have been superb, having broken up play successfully while covering every blade of grass in the process, Parker has rightfully received the plaudits he has worked hard to earn.

Starting his career with Charlton Athletic, Parker has also turned out for Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham and consistently excelled during his time with his previous respective clubs. His energetic displays in the centre of park saw him praised by his peers and it is hardly surprising that he continuously picked up individual accolades for god performances.

Never given a real opportunity to showcase his abilities with Chelsea, both Newcastle and West Ham were more than happy to give him the chance he deserved and it’s hardly surprising he racked up over 160 league appearances in just over six years for both clubs.

Now at Spurs, many believe the 30-year-old has finally been presented with the opportunity that eluded him at Chelsea to ply his trade at the top level. His first four games with the club, all wins, has certainly allowed Parker to do what he does best and his escapades certainly haven’t gone un-noticed, turning in four top class performances, including a man-of-the-match display in the 2-1 win over Arsenal last week.

Alongside Modric or Sandro, the England man can thrive in his new environment with many believing he should be partnered with the latter to allow the former to break forward and support the attack. At just £5.5m, he is being dubbed a potential signing of the summer and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree.

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