Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham Hotspur star Scott Parker has "transformed" Harry Redknapp's side since he arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer.
The aforementioned Match of the Day pundit claims he was surprised to see Parker in the Football Writers' individual accolade last season, but suggests his form since he moved to Tottenham has illustrated what a superb player he is and why Harry Redknapp was desperate to get him to Spurs.
Parker moved to Tottenham for just £5.5 million in the summer and he has been a mainstay of the north London Premier League club's scintillating form this season. The industrious Spurs star has struck up a brilliant midfield partnership with Luka Modric and Lawrenson suggests Parker has been the focal point of Spurs' excellent surge up the table.
Lawrenson believes Parker's form for Tottenham and West Ham in 2011 makes him the best player in the last calendar year and a dead-cert for inclusion in Fabio Capello's England squad.
"I was surprised when Parker got the Football Writers' Award." Lawrenson said of the Tottenham talisman. "He was always going to stand out in a struggling team.
"But since joining Tottenham, he has reinforced what a top player he is.
"He has made them a better team. He has also established himself for England. Robin van Persie deserves an honourable mention. His goal tally is remarkable. But Parker has transformed Spurs' fortunes and will surely start the Euros for England."
Parker was forced off injured during Tottenham's draw against Swansea at the weekend and will face a late fitness test ahead of Spurs' game against West Brom.