With the competition for midfield places set to grow even more could the 32-year-old be sent packing by Andre Villas Boas?
What a difference a weekend makes. Not long ago Tottenham looked down and out. Aaron Lennon injured, Jermain Defoe injured, Gareth Bale injured, out of the Europa League and falling away in the race for a Champions League spot next season.
Then Samir Nasri grabbed an opening goal which must have sent chill bumps down the spine of Spurs fans; was this the moment it all capitulated.
Then, within seven second half minutes, the mood had changed rapidly. 3-1 up and cruising Spurs are well and truly back on their way.
But it did not just occur out of nowhere; it was largely due to the bold decision making of gaffer Andre Villas Boas.
Whilst taking Emmanuel Adebayor off was a given considering his atrocious display of ‘’football’’ the decision to throw Tom Huddlestone and Lewis Holtby into the action was a far braver call.
It paid off dividends with each of them playing a role in the goals that eventually gave Spurs victory. But while Adebayor came in for criticism I think a certain Scott Parker got off lightly.
Let me preface this by making my opinion of Parker very clear. He is a top class player. I am not for one second insinuating otherwise; hell I know I would love to have him at Everton.
But I am just getting a feeling that AVB is not entirely sold on the 32-year-old.
Against City he did his usual thing; played his usual game but he lacked the dynamism to keep up with the likes of Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and co. His passing was off by comparison to the far more proficient Huddlestone and Holtby and he continues to do that strange turn on the ball thing he always does; not necessarily a problem I just find it irritating.
Simply put I am not sure he is Andre Villas Boas’ cup of tea. With Holtby, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Sandro and Huddlestone all at his disposal already the rumour mill still churns that Joao Moutinho may be his number one target.
If his pursuit of the Porto man is finally successful I really think that Scott Parker’s days at Spurs may be numbered.
Call it a hunch, call it a whim, call it moronic; but I would not be certain of Parker remaining a Spurs player next season.
Do you think Parker could go in the summer? If so, where?
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