Scott Parker has capped off an outstanding individual season by being named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.
Parker, whose club West Ham are embroiled in a fierce relegation battle, beat off competition from Gareth Bale – who himself won the PFA’s Player of the Year award just earlier this week.
It’s been a funny old season for Scott. He himself has notched a handful of stand-out goals and manoeuvred his way back in to Fabio Capello’s England set up, but his club has done nothing but struggle all season.
Bale meanwhile has gone from strength to strength, been linked with moves to some of world’s biggest clubs, and single-handedly pulled Tottenham through to the latter stages of the Champions League.
Controversial decision then? Perhaps. At this moment in time though, while Gerrard and Lampard seem to be declining with age, Parker looks to be England’s elite centre-mid for the next couple of years if he can continue this form. Whether Capello will continue to take notice of that, we’re not so sure.