Forgotten Blues: Scott Parker
Since Roman Abramovich’s takeover of Chelsea in 2003, hundreds of millions have been spent on a large number of players. Some have been successful at Stamford Bridge, whereas some have not. And there’s some players that you might’ve forgotten even played for Chelsea.
Following his recent retirement, we focus on the brief Chelsea career of Scott Parker.
As one of the brighest prospects in the Premier League with Charlton, Parker made the switch across London in January 2004. Chelsea paid a reported fee of £10million to bring Parker to Stamford Bridge. Playing second fiddle to Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard in the Chelsea starting XI, Pakrer found chances hard to come by. At the end of the 2003/04 season, Parker was named as PFA Young Player of the Year.
The appointment of Jose Mourinho in July 2004 only put Parker down the pecking order. Tiago was signed and became a key figure in Mourinho’s midfield three with Lampard and Makelele. During the season, Parker was a regular for Chelsea in the League Cup, but missed the final against Liverpool through injury. In Chelsea’s title winning season, Parker only made four Premier League appearances. As he had not met the appearance requirement Parker was not eligible to receive one.
After 18 months at Stamford Bridge, Parker left Chelsea. The midfielder signed for Newcastle United for £6.5million in July 2005. Parker enjoyed a good spell at St. James’ Park, being named captain in 2006 by then-manager Glenn Roeder.
A move back to London followed, joining West Ham. This would be the move that gave Parker the credit he deserved. Spending a number of years at Upton Park, the Englishman was a fan favourite and during his four years at West Ham, Parker became a regular in the England side. In 2011, West Ham were relegated from the Premier League but despite their poor season Parker was named as the FWA Footballer of the Year, and was on the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year.
Following West Ham’s relegation, Parker joined another London side and signed for Tottenham. In his first season at White Hart Lane, Parker was named as Tottenham’s Player of the Season. Off the back of that season Parker became a key player for England; forming a good partnership with Steven Gerrard at Euro 2012.
Parker made another move following two years at Tottenham, joining yet another London club. He signed for Fulham in 2013, and stayed with the side despite their relegation to the Championship. Playing for three seasons in England’s second tier at Craven Cottage, Parker announced his retirement from football in June 2017.
There is no doubting Parker’s quality as a midfielder, but his brief spell at Chelsea might be forgotten about by a number of fans.
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