Tottenham Hotspur are still searching for their next manager following the surprise sacking of Jose Mourinho over three weeks ago.
Daniel Levy has put former midfielder Ryan Mason in caretaker charge until the end of the current campaign, so we should not expect an announcement anytime soon.
And it is another ex-player that could take the place in the Spurs dugout next season if reports are to be believed.
Football Insider claim that Scott Parker is a contender for the vacant role and that the Lilywhites chairman is said to “think the world of” him, even despite Fulham’s poor fortunes this season.
On Monday night, their relegation to the Championship was confirmed, so perhaps the door has opened for Spurs to strike – but what would they look like under his stewardship?
Football FanCast delves into the matter…
The 40-year-old has used a variety of systems at Craven Cottage but if one thing is certain, he would fit the bill as the ‘attack-minded‘ coach that Levy is specifically targeting.
Fulham are a possession-based side that likes to play a high-line and aggressively play out from the back. One of their most tried-and-tested formations is a 4-2-3-1, which is similar to what we’ve seen under both Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho at Spurs in recent years.
This does make Parker an interesting fit and at least he’d be more like the former, rather than the latter.
A decision will need to be made between the sticks and with the arrival of the Fulham boss, we could see him look to move Hugo Lloris on, with Spurs thought to be keen on West Brom shot-stopper Sam Johnstone, who Parker knows all about from battles in the Championship and Premier League against the Baggies.
The Frenchman may be the club captain but he could be sold as he enters the final year of his contract, and if Levy is to push forward a rebuild, then players will have to go before he can bolster the playing squad.
At just £10m, it could be a steal.
Defence: Reguilon, Sanchez, Andersen, Aarons
We’re likely to see vast changes to the backline, especially as Spurs are said to want two central defensive additions this summer and whilst that will be a hard task given the finances, Parker could bring impressive Lyon colossus Joachim Andersen with him to North London.
Parker has trusted young ball-playing defenders during his time at the Cottagers, and that means we could see Davinson Sanchez in line for a comeback. His 84.4% passing accuracy is better than any other defender to start ten or more league games, as per WhoScored.
Sergio Reguilon could take up the Antonee Robinson role to good effect but something has to change at right-back, with neither Serge Aurier nor Matt Doherty cementing down a regular spot on the right.
Continuing the theme with young players with big potential, we could see Levy deliver Parker a new option with Spurs thought to be interested in Norwich City gem Max Aarons, who is valued at around £30m, via The Athletic.
Midfield: Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Alli
Parker has some solid options in central midfield back at Fulham and he could easily replicate this with Spurs’ current squad.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Mario Lemina are both powerful presences at the heart of the engine room, with the former offering more of a box-to-box threat, and this is what the Lilywhites already have in Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele.
Whilst Dele Alli could be compared to Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the advanced role, as both are rangy creative-types to play in behind the striker.
Attack: Son, Kane, Moura
Spurs’ attack could well speak for itself, depending on the future of Gareth Bale.
Levy is set to hand the next manager the chance to keep him for another season but financially, it may not be viable with the trio of signings above, so Lucas Moura. takes his place alongside Heung-min Son and Harry Kane.