Harry likens Parker to Mackay
Harry Redknapp has compared Scott Parker to Tottenham legend Dave Mackay following his superb performance against QPR.
By Matthew Skinns
Last Updated: 31/10/11 10:50am
Harry Redknapp has compared Scott Parker to Tottenham legend Dave Mackay following his superb performance in the 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Man-of-the-match Parker was influential as a brace from Gareth Bale either side of a Rafael van der Vaart goal comfortably swept Rangers aside, as Spurs extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
A delighted Redknapp heaped praise on the midfield ace, likening him to Scottish hard-man Mackay, who led Tottenham to their double winning season in 1961.
"Scott was just amazing," said Redknapp. "I haven't seen many performances like that.
"You hesitate to mention him in the same breath as Dave Mackay - who was one of best players who has ever played at this club - but it was right up there with Dave."
Parker continues to repay Redknapp's faith after he persuaded chairman Daniel Levy to part with £5million for the former West Ham talisman.
The Spurs boss hailed the 31-year-old's strength of character and old-school football that have provided solidarity at the heart of the team.
"I said to the chairman, 'I'm not asking you to spend £20m on a player, Scott Parker is the one I want at this club and he will make the difference'," Redknapp said.
"I told him, 'What Scott will give you on the pitch for the next four years is worth the weight in gold'.
"When Parker was at West Ham he was a proper midfield player, who tackled and had the lot really.
"But he is probably a better player now and the best time of his career is now.
"He was a big player at West Ham and he has taken that on.
"People don't understand that it is not always about £25-30m superstars. Sometimes it is about having good characters and people in your club as well as having fantastic players.
"Parker is a proper old-school player who loves playing, gets on with it, wants to win, good person, lovely family, comes in every day and works hard."
Team-mate Bale has also commended Parker for his work ethic and the confidence he gives attacking players to drive forward.
"Since he has come to the club he has been unbelievable," said Bale.
"He covers every blade of grass every game and does a very important job for the team.
"He lets the likes of me, Aaron Lennon, Van der Vaart, Modric and Emmanuel Adebayor do all the runs. He is massive for our team."