West Ham United fans gave their former midfielder Scott Parker a bit of a hostile reception at Upton Park on Monday evening when his Tottenham side were 3-2 winners in East London and Parker has said he was slightly surprised and upset by the boos.
It might have only been a handful of supporters that did boo Parker, but after the performances he put in for the Hammers during his time at the club, it did seem very harsh.
The England international was voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year when West Ham were relegated from the Premier League in the 2010/11 season, which shows just how good he was. If it wasn’t for Parker, they could have been relegated halfway through the campaign.
Maybe the fact that he went to Tottenham didn’t go down too well at Upton Park, but he was given the chance to go and play for a team challenging for Champions League football in the top flight rather that in the second tier of English football.
Also, West Ham would have needed the money for his sale and the least he deserved was a decent reception on Monday evening as it was clear to see he was passionate and really cared about the club.
When asked about the reception, Parker said: “I don’t know why (they did it). I don’t know if it’s because I went to their local rivals… I’m not sure, but I just would have liked to think that maybe I would have got a better reception after what I did in my time here.
“I loved (Upton Park), the fans, and I loved the club.
“I had four fantastic years here and it will always be a club with a massive place in my heart. I was looking forward to coming back and I couldn’t wait to go out there and play so I was disappointed (to be booed).”
During the 90 minutes, Parker put in a typical performance as he was hard-working and broke up the play in the middle of the park, as well as retaining position well and allowing players such as Gareth Bale to play in a free role.
The job he does for Spurs might go unnoticed sometimes with the world class goals that Bale scores, but make no doubt about it, they are a better team when the 32-year-old is involved. He might not have been delighted with the reception at Upton Park, although it might have made the three points all the more satisfying.