The whole Scott Parker thing
This story is obviously set to run and run and clearly it is no coincidence that it has resurfaced days before Parker's supposed return to the Valley next week, however I wouldn't be too sure of that, young Scotty has only played in 2 of Chelsea's 6 reserve games this season as "Chelsea's approach to the reserve team has often been different to other clubs in that it is often seen as a step up from the youth team rather than a place for the first team squad players"
I wasn't around when he buggered off but I remember being naive enough to think he might stay because, like me his heart was at the Valley (I am truly naive aren't I?) but I started to smell the Nescafe when the stories would not go away and he was "rested"
at Everton because all the transfer talk was "unsettling".
True the club got good money for him but what still rankles with me was when Parker threw his Cindy Doll out of the pram - I remember Jason Euell being quoted saying that one minute Parker was like an old head on young shoulders, then he would act like a spoilt kid - he then refused to train and be part of a club that had nurtured him since he was in a school uniform.
You can just imagine him jumping up and down and crying in Curbs' office because he wasn't getting his own way can't you? That's what happened leading up to his loan move to Norwich if you remember?
What really pisses me off though is fucking Chelsea's attitude. Then, with Kenyon tapping him up and throwing their corrupt Russian money around with their 'I'm considerably richer than you' posturing. They didn't need Scott Parker then, like they don't need him now. They just bought him because they could.
And now you have Mourinho spouting on in broken English (is the English language a lost art form down at the Bridge?) about his options and incredible conversations yada yada yada (more
I think most of us agree this is all just tosh really and the chances of Parker coming 'home' are slim to anorexic but as someone said on Net Addicks
today we do have a history of signing ex players (Mortimer, Hales, Flanagan & he was at the Nigel's) so you never know.
What do I think? Well there is no doubt we miss the spoilt brat, but I think a lot of water has to be passed and a bit of humble to be eaten. I think if he gets hammered by our lot on Monday (if he plays) that will probably count against it happening, but yes I would like to see him back and I reckon Curbishley would too. Let's just make sure we are driving the deal this time and don't get the runaround by Kenyon and his bully boys.