Saturday, 29 May 2010
Let's hope Capello leaves Parker out!
The West Ham fans calling for Parker's inclusion in the World Cup squad might like to stop and think for a moment. How, exactly, would that be in the club's interests?
I am not Parker's biggest fan, believing that he lacks the vision necessary to succeed at the highest level. I also think that "turning circles" in your own half will equate to turning into trouble when up against the very best players. Parker only needs to lose possession once for England's World Cup chances to go down the pan. Then there is his appalling goal scoring record and, more worrying still, the number of times he commits yellow cardable fouls. Parker would be a fair bet to see red even if a referee worked on the Graham Poll principle of three yellows and you're off.
But, leaving aside England's needs for a moment, lets think this through from the club's perspective. If Parker doesn't make the cut, he returns to West Ham without a ridiculously inflated ego, and with a summer to rest. If he goes to South Africa and succeeds, you can bet your mortgage on him leaving in the close season: why would a World Cup superstar hang around at Upton Park after last season? If he goes to South Africa and fails, however, how will that affect his confidence for next season? Either way, by being with the squad, he will lose valuable time for resting his body ready for the challenges ahead. Players regularly under perform after a World Cup campaign because they go into the next season physically and mentally tired. Can we afford to have a tired Parker, especially given his injury record? And talking about that injury record, what if he breaks down in South Africa and we lose him for the start of next season?
All in all, it would be in the club's interests if Parker was sent packing by Capello.
Posted by Hammersfan at 12:17