Newcastle’s Joey Barton not justified in Scott Parker claims
Our head-to-head comparison gives West Ham star slight edge
Joey Barton and Twitter is a dream combination for those writing about football and the partnership didn’t disappoint over the weekend as the Newcastle midfielder used the social media mechanism to argue that he was a better player than Scott Parker.
He said: “Jack Wilshere is class and is going to be an infinitely better player than me, no doubt about it, but Parker, come on. He’s not in my league. Fact, he’s actually in the Championship. And did I not dismantle him twice – think it was 2-1 at their place, 5-0 at ours! And they were easily relegated. Just saying.”
Does the opinionated former Manchester City man have a point? We decided to test his claim…
Some of the areas that Parker rates higher in – international recognition, transfer fees, Champions League experience and average league position – are ones that Barton would probably argue, rightly or wrongly, that his off-the-field discretions have prevented him from mounting a serious challenge in.
Supporting Barton’s case are his superior goal and assist per Premier League appearance statistics, however the greater levels of recognition that Parker has earned from peers, football writers and his own club’s fans alike over the course of his career are another area in which the scales tilt in his favour.