With the transfer window now open, Vital Swansea asks Vital Blackpool for their views on our potential first signing – striker Keigan Parker.
Roberto Martinez has revealed that they have been looking at the player since the Seasiders’ game at the Liberty in May 2007.
There has been speculation that he is agreed terms with Swansea, and the clubs are now dicussing a transfer fee.
Martinez is apparently lining him up as a replacement to Warren Feeney if the Cardiff City frontman doesn’t join us.
If he does, it’s likely Parker will remain at Bloomfield Road.
While we wait to see if he joins us or not, we asked Vital Blackpool’s co-editor Jack Gaughan for his views on the striker:
1. Keigan’s goals and games stats for last season and this season completely contrast with each other. Last season he averaged a goal every 2 games (27 starts, 15 goals) whereas this season he has failed to hit the net in 10 games. Why do you think this is?
Last season Keigan was obviously playing against a lower calibre of defender, who are nowhere near as quick as Championship centre halves, which helped him get in behind them much easier than he`s found this term. With the quicker defenders this year, the attribute of his pace has degenerated through the speed of opponents, meaning his chances are limited in front of goal from his clever runs in behind the backline.
Parker has suffered some serious off field problems all season apparently, with a court case against him and reports that his mother isn`t well in Scotland. However, his perceived lack of effort is inexcusable to many supporters, hence he hasn`t been hitting the heights of last season.
2. What is the general fans opinion on the player? Do you and everyone else want to see him stay or will it be good riddance come the January transfer window?
You either love or hate Keigan Parker – there are very few in-between. His class (as was seen in the playoffs last season) is unquestionable, and he really has a great potential, but his lethargic nature on the pitch, and erm?wild (?) side off it means fans have become sick of his antics.
It`s now got to the stage where even I, a massive Parker fan, am saying that he really needs to go because he`s not good enough at the present moment for Championship football and is causing himself too much damage off the pitch to ever be a success at this football club.
3. What type of striker is he and what style of football is he best suited to?
Parker, when in the right mood, will run the channels for you and mainly operate out wide using his pace to cut inside or go round the back of a defender. Small, and lightening quick, League One defenders don`t have a clue how to deal with him when on song. His one on one finishing is relatively poor, but his shooting is on the whole pretty good.
To get the best out of Parker he needs balls threaded through the middle of the park. Playing him off a big man sounds a plan on paper, but in reality his runs off the target man are useless!
4. What are his strengths and weaknesses?
I`ve answered that I think.
5. What sort of fee do you think we’d have to pay to sign him? Any speculation of a rough figure?
I`d like to see him go for something in the region of 250K, because he can be a real asset, but in truth you`ll have to pay around 125K, because of his performance this season.
6. There has been talk of his off the pitch attitude and lifestyle that have effected his game. Is this true and does he have a bad influence in the dressing room?
I don`t think he has a bad influence on the dressing room as such. His best friend from within the playing side is Wes Hoolahan, our star player, and he`s never in the press for off field matters.
I don`t really want to talk about his off field “antics” because it`d just be speculating, but his mum is said to be seriously ill, and that can be difficult for anyone, which is why I find it strange that he`d be moving further away from her to Wales!
7. Overall, would he be a good signing for the Swans, considering the fact that hopefully we’ll be joining you next season in the Championship?
If I were in your position, I`d sign him definitely, but if was Simon Grayson I`d snap Martinez`s hands off for 150K plus! If Martinez can get Keigan`s head right, then he`ll be cracking player for you.
I wouldn`t count your chickens about being promoted; just sign the players (like Parker) that will take you up first and then start building for The Championship if you get there.
(We’re definitely not counting our chickens yet Jack, still half a season to go!)
Thank you for answering our questions.