Fulham addressed a major need in central midfield on Monday, acquiring Scott Parker from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.
Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of England international Scott Parker from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee which will see the player at the Club until at least the summer of 2016.
The press release also included comments from both Parker and manager Martin Jol:
Speaking from Fulham’s Motspur Park Training Ground this evening, Scott Parker said: “I’m delighted to be joining Fulham and I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates at training tomorrow morning. Fulham is an established Premier League club and I look forward to trying to help the team progress even further over the next three years.”
Martin Jol added: “I’m delighted that Scott has joined us. He’s a midfielder who works tirelessly for his team and is a fantastic player both on and off the ball. It is wonderful to see a player of his stature playing for Fulham Football Club as he has shown his qualities in the Premier League and for the England team for many years. I’m happy that he’s here and joins us for training ahead of our first home match of the season.”
Parker was initially tipped to join Queens Park Rangers, as the relegated side agreed to terms with Tottenham over a transfer, according to Sky Sports. But Parker never reached an agreement with QPR, perhaps eager to remain in the Premier League rather than drop down to the Championship.
It's been a rough year for QPR.
Parker made 29 total appearances for Tottenham last year in all competitions, remaining scoreless and adding just one assist. He only started 15 games for Spurs after missing five months of the season recovering from an Achilles injury.
With Spurs adding Paulinho and Etienne Capoue this summer, a midfield already including Mousa Dembele and Sandro clearly became too crowded for Parker to play a major role. But he'll quickly become an anchor for Fulham and upgrade the team's midfield.
The England international isn't as effective as he was in his younger days, but he's still an effective box-to-box midfielder with a strong engine and well-rounded skill set.
He joins Sascha Riether, Derek Boateng, Fernando Amorebieta, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ange-Freddy Plumain and Adel Taarabt (on loan) as additions made by Fulham this summer. The Cottagers will be keen to improve on last season's 12th-place finish, a goal that should be made a bit more realistic with the addition of Parker.