Monday, 25 May 2009
Parker was the wrong choice.
Scott Parker has been chosen as the Hammer of the Year but he is the wrong choice and his triumph just illustrates that democracy is a ridiculous way of determining a meritocracy. Why?
Well, to begin, Parker has only started 31 games this season and only completed 21 of those. Now, I suppose, in a season where Giggs gets Player of the Year despite only starting 11 Premiership games, this may be considered by some to be reasonable, but it isn't in my book. Upson has started 41 games, Ilunga 39, Green 43 and Neill 37. Needless to say, none of these four have been withdrawn early anywhere near as often as Parker. So, in terms of minutes on the pitch, Parker is the wrong choice. And making it out there in the first place, and then staying on the pitch for the 90 minutes, is a pre-requisite of being able to influence a game. Parker's 21 completed games in a season of 44 games is not good enough for a nominee, never mind winner, of Hammer of the Year.
Then there is the question of performances. Now I am not denigrating Parker's ability but I have to question whether he was our most EFFECTIVE player this season. One stat that undermines his claims is the return of just one goal all season. Now I accept that he is the "holding" midfield player but that return is not good enough. Our biggest problem this season has been our failure to score enough goals and Parker is a major factor here. Not only has he not scored, he seems to have had an allergic reaction to getting into the box. That puts a much bigger burden of responsibility on the other players to score and their games have suffered as a result. We need Parker to be chipping in with five goals a season - not a huge amount but a par performance for a Premiership midfield player. Parker has been found seriously wanting here.
And I wonder how many "assists" he has too. I bet it's not many you know. I don't have the stats to hand but the goal creators in my mind have been Cole, Bellamy, Di Michele, Noble, Ilunga and Collison. I may be wrong here but I'd have quite a bit of money on Parker having no more than three or four assists all season. If I'm right, that is a pathetic return for a player who is supposed to be England quality. That has been a problem for us this season - our two best midfielders, Parker and Behrami, have offered more defensively than offensively.
Then there is Parker's disciplinary record. He has only completed 21 games but he has still managed to pick up 8 yellow cards and, to be honest, he should have seen red against Wigan. Over a full season, that return would see him picking up two suspensions.
Ilunga, Upson, Green and Cole all had much stronger claims for Hammer of the Year in my book. Democracy? Highly over rated in my opinion. Just ask the people of Iraq!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:53