Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Scott Parker in return to Chelsea shocker!?
While Michael Essien is contemplating six months of playing FIFA11 on his Xbox at home in Surrey, Scott Parker could be celebrating a shock move back to the Premier League with his former club. Essien has been ruled out until at least February having had surgery on a cruciate ligament injury. It is a bitter blow for Chelsea and manager Andre Villas-Boas, who is now dreadfully short in midfield. But he is familiar with a man who played at Stamford Bridge, in his time as under Jose Mourinho, who could be the perfect replacement. That man is Scott Parker. It may seem ridiculous that Parker, who made just eight starts for Chelsea in his season and a half, could be in with a chance of a return but Villas-Boas is understood to be a fan of the creative midfielder. West Ham have made no secret that they want to keep their player, who was voted Footballer of the Year 2011 by the Football Writers' Association, despite their dismal season ending in relegation. But they are also realistic: Parker is contracted until 2014, which would mean he would command a hefty transfer fee. What interests Villas-Boas is, apart from Parker's performances on the pitch (and he has grown stronger and more tenacious since he was last at Stamford Bridge), the way he commanded respect last time he was at Chelsea. You know what? This may not be the surprise transfer that it appears.