Scott Parker isn’t going to be in the running for LMA Manager of the Year this season, but the work he has done with this Fulham team is nothing short of incredible.
He’s transformed a group of struggling players who didn’t look to have any fight in them, to a side that is able to compete with the best teams in the division.
This Fulham team looks like it has heart and passion, and that’s what could keep the Whites up when all is said and done.
It’s been said that Fulham look as though they have 11 Scott Parker’s on the pitch recently, due to the tenacity the players are showing being reminiscent of Parker’s playing days.
We certainly can’t disagree with that view, but we want to highlight one player who is surely reminding Parker a bit of himself.
Indeed, Harrison Reed deserves every bit of praise that comes his way.
The midfield dynamo has been non-stop for the last few weeks, constantly chasing down every single ball, making tackle after tackle and rarely ever misplacing a pass.
The last player Fulham had who played with so much energy and drive in the heart of midfield is when a certain S. Parker was turning out for them in the middle of the park.
So many players have come out to speak about how Parker has transformed their game, but when you watch Fulham, it’s hard to point out another man who has been so clearly moulded by the ethos Parker had as a player.
Statistically, the pair marry up perfectly. The 26-year-old excels when it comes to tackling, interceptions and pass success rate, and while Parker was a level above in all of those metrics, their statistical template in terms of where they’re excelling are very similar.
Parker couldn’t keep Fulham up when he joined the club for the 2013/14 season, but Reed may very well manage it this time around.