As you are all aware, Sandro, our beast in the heart of our midfield, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with his injury. This now draws attention to the old debate of “Sandro or Parker?”
This is my take on both of these brilliant players we are lucky to have in our ranks:
Sandro is one of a kind, rock solid in his tackling and defending from the midfield, but what makes him special in my eyes is the fact that he is so good at the defensive side of his game whilst at the same time having all the attributes to help the team go forwards and attack. He really does have everything – Strength, Pace, Passing, awareness and of course, the odd screamer from 30 yards!
He truly is a great player and to be so good at such a young age can only be a promising thing! We will sorely miss him so get well Sandro!
Now onto Scotty:
Parker truly is a one of a kind player; the reason the fans love him so much is not his ability or his skill because to be fair he doesn’t have either! The reason the fans love him so much is because he plays football like one of us fans ourselves would play if we were in the famous Lillywhite shirt.
He is always chasing down the ball and he uses his experience very well. He doesn’t lunge into tackles in a hurry, he will simply stay goal side of his man and do his very best to stay in front of the ball trying to cause a deflection or a mistake. He plays with the energy of a teenager but the wisdom of an old man. He always gives 100 percent and nothing less when he pulls on the famous shirt; that is why he was Player of the Year last season at Spurs.
This is something the fans love the most: commitment,100 percent earn your money, and do everything in your power to help the team do well. That is why he is loved so much. He is a battler – a war axe. He was built for tough times and won’t be shy to tell other players to pull their socks up!
Now I know we all love Sandro – the Beast – but maybe in this second half of the season where things become tougher and the pressure is increased, Scott is what we need right now. Last season in this stage we began to drop silly points in silly games and was just shy of 3rd, which to be honest, I felt like we deserved.
I hope Sandro gets well asap, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise (not that he’s injured but that AVB can get away with starting Parker without upsetting Sandro and the fans) as we could do with a Parker attitude right now! And maybe because Scotty is 31 this could well be his last season for Spurs, if not one of his last!
So what better than to give him a whole half of a season to battle and help us to stay consistent – an area where Spurs have always struggled. On and off the pitch, Scotty is a great professional, ambassador, and role model. On the that note I hope Spurs treat him well in his last years so that he can take his coaching badges when he retires and become a youth coach or something of that nature at Spurs. Something he had a go at during his injury as he took charge of reserve game.
I can see Scotty on the sideline in a suit screaming orders to his players! Or maybe a tracksuit is more his style? Can you?
By George Everitt
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