Chelsea are understood to be considering a move for West Ham captain Scott Parker as a replacement for the injured Michael Essien, reports the Daily
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas found out on Monday that holding-midfielder Essien would miss up to six months of the Premier League season following a successful operation to his knee. The midfielder ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments during pre-season training with the Blues, an injury similar to that which forced him to miss the African Cup of Nations, and later the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
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This injury leaves a hole in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield, and it is understood that Villas-Boas is looking into the possibility of recruiting Parker as a short-term replacement for the Ghanaian. The West Ham captain spent two years at Stamford Bridge, and he is known by Villas-Boas from his time at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2005. Villas-Boas worked as a coach under Mourinho, and was impressed by Parker’s conduct and leadership on and off the pitch.
Parker continued to impress after leaving Chelsea in 2005. He signed for Newcastle United, where he won the Intertoto Cup, before eventually winning the ‘Football Writers Player of the Year’ as well as three consecutive ‘Hammer of the Year’ awards during his time at West Ham Utd. His work-rate, leadership and passion are recognised throughout the country, not least by Villas-Boas, who considers him perfect for the role in Chelsea’s midfield. The move would also improve Chelsea’s domestic player bias, adding to only six players in the Chelsea squad who would qualify as home-grown.