Yeah I think that's a classic opinion of someone who doesn't see the player in question that often; if only from not understanding what type of player Gibson actually is.
Which was actually one of the first things I said about Parker.
I think discipline is often mistaken for limitations, especially in England. I think it's somewhat in our nature that we are gung ho and the holding defensive midfielder role is a simple job and not that helpful, unless it is combined with long passes or a decent long shot. It took Makelele a long time before he was appreciated, more recently Leiva was long considered shit by all and sundry.
But someone like Parker would be far more highly regarded and thought of, in La Liga or Serie A.
I've seen a fair bit of Bridcutt, he was superb when I watched him against Newcastle recently. He would certainly be worth consideration, I'd guess Brighton would want upwards of £5m.