Monday, 4 October 2010
What has Parker done to upset Capello?
This is getting positively odd. I am not the biggest fan of Parker, as regular readers of this blog well know, but his continual exclusion from the England squad is seeming strange even to me. Against Tottenham, Parker played Huddlestone off the park, and yet the Tottenham man has been given the nod again over "Mr West Ham". Why? Peculiar.
It may be that Capelllo is choosing to go with youth, seeing Huddlestone as the better long term prospect. Or maybe he is not a fan of the Parker pirouette and believes that, at the higher level, Scotty will represent too great a risk, turning this way into potential trouble and then back again into more possible trouble. Then there is Parker's appalling tackling technique which saw him collect yet another yellow for a needless foul on the half way line against Fulham. At international level, some of Parker's challenges might well buy a straight red card.
I would select Parker ahead of Huddlestone but not ahead of any of the others picked by Fabio. Barry is the better anchor and his left foot adds balance to the midfield. Wright-Phillips has looked lively as a sub, even though I don't rate him highly. Adam Johnson and Gerrard are shoe ins. Ashley Young has superstar potential. Aaron Lennon does have a frightening turn of pace and Wilshire and Cole both offer more flair than Parker. My issue, though, is if Barry is injured, who in the squad deputises for him? Parker seems like the logical understudy to me, rather than Huddlestone.
So, what are Capello's issues with Super Scotty Parker? It would be good if he explained, except if he explained in English, it wouldn't make any sense anyway!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:34