Diarra or Parker?

With news circulating this past week; that former captain marvel Scott Parker could make a return to Upton Park, is this news that should excite many West Ham fans? 

Leaving back in 2011, Parker was a cult hero for West Ham, known for his extraordinary work rate and desire. Although some fans have voiced their displeasure at the return of Scott after the player choose to join rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a controversial move. Personally I don’t hold any resentment towards Parker for leaving, he isn’t getting any younger and in order to maintain his England spot; it was inevitable he would have to leave for a Premier League side.

The first things that springs to mind on Scott returning is quite simply, is he needed?

The midfield area is currently very strong and we have improved since Parker departed.

Scott Parker

This brings me to Alou Diarra, after a controversial first season in England; it was conceivable that he would leave, after a fallout with the club as the player felt he wasn’t given the opportunity to prove himself, the public outburst saw Alou sent to French club Rennes for the rest of the season. With many speculating on where he’s future would be come September. Recently Diarra stated his desire to fight for his place at West Ham and prove any doubters wrong, so it would appear that West Ham will retain the services of the French international.

This is good news regarding Diarra, a player with much experience domestically and internationally; he has much still to offer.

If Parker does indeed return, it would seem that a battle would take place between Diarra and Parker for a first team spot, a couple of years back Scott would have made the first team; no problem-but that isn’t the case anymore. Since leaving he has struggled with injuries and lost the England spot he worked so hard to gain.

Parker is now a fringe player at Spurs and looks set to leave, due to wages being high I say we take a miss on Scott Parker and allow Alou Diarra the chance he so desperately wants.

So far this pre-season Diarra has looked sharp and ready for action and if exploited he could prove to be an asset to the team.

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About Stevo

Stevo can remember going to games with his Dad and seeing the likes of Clyde Best of all people. He also has a few mates who have “done” complete seasons too – and that was when the Irons were in division one. That’s every home and away game – unbelievable! Stevo plans to do this himself next season!


  1. Goatygav says

    Diarra is doing well pre-season.

    My initial reaction when Scott Parker was mentioned is that Mo Diame was on his way and that they were looking for a replacement. The only reason Parker is being talked about is because of one, throw-away, comment by David Sullivan during a twitter interview. He’s not coming back. If they were looking at him, however, I’d have to side with the majority and say that Diarra should get his chance ahead of him.

    I’ve not forgotten what Scott Parker did for West Ham. Hammer of the Year (yes – West Ham fans voted him their player of the year – three times in a row) and Football Writer’s Player of the Year in a bad West Ham side. He gave his all for West Ham and enjoyed his football with us. Really wish he’d have gone elsewhere when he left but the pull of European Football added to the fact that he didn’t have to up-root his family and move elsewhere must have been too much to resist. Personally I was amazed that Wenger wasn’t in for him – it was exactly what Arsenal needed at the time and I genuinely think he’d have done well there.

    Midfield starting berths will be very hotly contended. It’s up front, and wide right, we need to strengthen IMO. Give me a Matt Jarvis down the right as well as the left. Would also like us to take a punt on Rhodes.

  2. leave scott parker !!!! forget about him !!!! He could have walked into any side when we got relegated but chose to play for our rivals instead !! Alou Diarra may not have scott parkers energy. But Diarra fits into our style of football much better than Scott can. Parkers passing is absolutley disgraceful at times, and seems to run around in circles in front of the back four far too often ! Plus Diarra is 6’2″ and can score from set peices and corners and can also play CB. I’d have Alou over Scott anyday.

  3. Iron Bobby says

    I think we had Parker’s best years and I don’t think we need him and Diarra is a class act when he is playing well… I remember how good he was for France at the WC before we signed him, he was immense. So hopefully Parker will be jogging out for QPR as old ‘Arry loves him!

  4. Blkknight says

    Diarra can double up as a cb as well…. Parker is a 1 trick pony who’s past his best.

  5. why would we entertain Parker, we revived his flagging career and he rewarded us by going to tots. he is now only good enough for a championship club. no chance

    • Keep dreaming Scotty ain’t going no where
      His work rate and influence when fit I’m sure as good as or better than any spurs player,.rather
      better to sell Dawson to qpr for 9Mand get samba

  6. Ausie John says

    Y not let all players fight for their position s its great to see how much they want to perform and see how much it means to put on a hammers jersey , anyone please tell me lm wrong , l would love both players in the squad of 25 , plus kalou , nani and others

    • Are you serious? Nani at west ham???

      • Ausie John says

        Cmon guys if we just get the average players then we will always look to bottom or best mid range table , lets go and get the players we want , if u want something desperately then u go for it , I’m not saying ronaldo and messi , look forward not backwards

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