When Tottenham Hotspur signed Mousa Dembele from Fulham last August, it left a glaring hole in midfield that Martin Jol struggled to fill throughout last season. This summer the Dutch manager might look to raid his former club to bolster his options in the heart of his side, with both Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone reportedly made available by Spurs.
The pair are very different players, and while both could be good signings, deciding which would be a better fit for the team could be an important decision for Fulham this summer.
Scott Parker has boundless experience, and despite his age, he was an important player for Spurs in the second half of last season when covering for the injured Sandro. At 32, Parker might not be a long-term solution for Fulham’s problems in midfield, but he could be an influential player next season sitting in front of their new look back five.
Tom Huddlestone is a riskier option, with the 26-year-old midfielder playing only a handful of games for Spurs at the end of last season, and generally being a bit part player at the club over the past couple of years.
He has also drawn plenty of criticism for his lack of mobility, and there is no doubt that this has to be taken into account when setting up your side, with Andre Villas-Boas getting the best from Huddlestone when playing him alongside two other central midfielders last season.
However in the right system, Huddlestone has the potential to be an excellent Premier League player, with his sumptuous passing range likely to be an asset to any side. He is also younger than Parker, and if he is a similar price Huddlestone would be the smarter move in purely financial terms, as it would be easier for Fulham to recoup any outlay by selling him on at a later date.
Each player has their merits, and Parker is probably the safer bet for next season, but Huddlestone could prove to be an excellent purchase if Martin Jol has a plan to fit the 26-year-old into his side.
Fulham fans, who would you rather see at your club next season, Parker or Huddlestone? Or should Martin Jol look elsewhere to bolster his central midfield resources?
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