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- A speedy and tenacious defender, the diminutive Londoner was a crisp passer of the ball who possessed uncanny positional sense. Parker was solid and rarely flamboyant but was plagued by injuries in the latter half of his United career. Nevertheless, he made 79 Premier League appearances and was integral in the historic 1992/93 title victory (Manutd.com).
Compared to Gary Neville who replaced him the following season, I wouldn't say he was as good a passer as Manutd.com claim. His crossing was a bit hit and miss and his short passing lacked a bit of pace.
His tackling and speed were however of good quality and for his size he held his own rather well in physical duels. But I don't think he was a particular good reader of the game, if he had been I'm sure he'd have managed more than 19 caps for England. When Parker reached his prime there were no clear 1st choice RB for England, he featured in the WC in 1990 in Italy but was in and out of the squad later. Partly due to injuries, but I think his positioning and mentality played it's part. Parker's passing often suffered when he got the jitters, and if I remember correctly that happened more often than desired in high-profile games.
I've rated his ATT this low because he wasn't very effective going forward, he's still got a decent aggression which will make him go forward. Having DEF at 77 might seem high considering I criticise his positioning, but his tackling was quite good and he was also agile which also helped. I've kept the sliding star optional as agility is relatively high for a defender his size.
Dribbling wasn't his game, he could run with the ball unpressurised but would pass it if challenged. Which leads me to his crossing, I've landed on 75 because I think he was rather inconsistent. I might be harsh here, but I'm comparing him to the Neviller and IMO they didn't come close.
As mentioned he suffered from nerves in some games, so I put consistency at 5 and mentality at 80 since he still put the effort even if it wasn't one of his best days. Aggression is two points lower than Neville, he wasn't quite as marauding as him.
Finally, his TW where I was of two minds of which value he should have. 1: He worked well with his partners in defence, 83 reflects that without going overboard. Or 2: Rate it lower because he could sometimes get caught out, compared to how Neville cooperated with whoever played in RM Parker was a class below.
BTW, he played 56 matches in 93/94 but I still think he needs injury tolerance C, his entire career at Utd was marred with injuries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Parke ... tballer%29
http://www.national-football-teams.com/ ... p?id=17280
http://www.worldfootball.net/spieler_pr ... ul-parker/