Upton Park midfielder earns deserved plaudits.
West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has been voted 2011 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
Parker, 30, topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, who was last week named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
Parker’s form this season earned him an international recall for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in March.
Parker’s award is even more impressive considering West Ham’s lowly position and the poor season they have had – they head into their last five games of the campaign one off the bottom of the table.
“Parker has been so consistent this season with his performances in a West Ham team battling for Barclays Premier League survival and as such has forced himself back into the England national set-up,” said FWA chairman Steve Bates, chief football writer at The People.
“He has been an inspirational figure for the Irons and hopefully his professionalism will be rewarded with West Ham staying up at the end of the season.
“In what was one of the tightest votes of recent seasons, Scott is certainly a worthy winner and follows in the footsteps of a long line of superb footballers who have been given this prestigious honour.”
As well as Bale, Parker also pipped some high-profile names to the award including Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez as well as Blackpool’s talismanic midfielder Charlie Adam. (BBC Sport)
30 year old midfielder Scott Parker has been a shining light in a struggling West Ham side this season and one wonders if the England international will remain at Upton Park if the Hammers don’t avoid the drop. At his age Parker will not want to be wasting away in the second tier of English football and a number of sides are reportedly ready to make a move for the former Newcastle, Charlton and Chelsea man if the East London side do indeed suffer relegation.