West Ham man Scott Parker has picked up the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year award, beating off strong competition from the likes of Tottenham player Gareth Bale, who earlier this month won the PFA Player of the Year prize. Also up for the accolade were some huge names in Premier League football, including Manchester United stalwart Nemanja Vidic and City talisman Carlos Tevez, as well as the Blackpool revelation Charlie Adam, who could be set for a summer move to a big team.
The award, which is voted for by a panel of journalists, will be presented to the midfielder in a ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel on the 12th May.
The award is well deserved by Parker, who has been a shining star in a team which has been involved in a struggle against relegation all season. The team sit just one position away from the bottom of the table with just five games remaining, and by all accounts Scott Parker has shone in what has been a series of poor performances for the team as a whole. West Ham boss Avram Grant will hope that the morale boost for the player and the team will help them in their final fixtures, from which they will need to pick up as many points as possible in order to avoid relegation to the Championship next season.
Parker’s good form has seen him earn a recall for the England international team in the Euro 2012 qualifying match against Wales.
The player is said to be happy with the award, and will certainly hope that his performances this season will be enough to keep the Hammers in the Premier League next season.
Congratulatory messages flowed forth for the midfielder, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger among the commenters, saying, “It is a justifiable choice because he has had an outsanding season, until recently when he was stopped by injuries – he was very influential in the West Ham team.”