I am only a fan, not a player in the dressing room, but I am right royally pissed off with all this crap about how "only Parker" was trying last season. Time and again you read, "Parker was the only one who cared...Parker gave everything, unlike the other tossers...Parker was playing on his own last season, carrying the team on his back...blah Parker blah".
Tell me, how do you think that makes the rest of the team feel? Only Parker tried? So tell me, what was Noble doing when he played a week after having his appendix removed? He obviously didn't care! And what was Spector up to when he was charging around the pitch after being drafted into midfield? Did he look like a player who didn't give a toss? And Green wasn't trying in goal presumably?
What about Tomkins? When he tried to keep Drogba, Davies and Rooney at bay, trying to establish himself as a Premiership defender, he wasn't really trying presumably? And I take it that Jacobsen kept running up and down that right flank because there was a pretty woman at either end of the pitch and he was trying to see up her skirt? And Cole had that rant about Grant because he didn't care presumably?
What about Freddie Sears? He was having a kip on the wing each time he got a game was he? Bloody ran around a lot in his sleep didn't he? Boa didn't care when he played? Ba didn't try? Collison couldn't give a monkeys when he returned? Hitz wasn't bothered?
Of course there were some players who disappointed in terms of effort - Piquionne, Barerra, Behrami, Upson perhaps - but to tar the whole lot with the same brush is unfair. And if I was one of the "team", I would look at the Parker adulation and the way he was exempted from all blame because of his "effort" and think, well fcuk you! And if I was a centre back staring into the hole vacated by Parker as he charged around like a headless chicken, I would think, "Who is this floppy haired guy playing for,the team or his own reputation?"