It looks like Sol Campbell will miss Newcastle’s next three games against Deportivo La Coruña in Spain tonight, Saturday’s trip to Glasgow Rangers, and the Premier League opener at Manchester United on August 16th.
Sol Campbell – with his number 5 shirt
Sol says he expects to be much fitter in a couple of weeks time, and he still wants to get back into the England side, would you believe.
Sol talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I always say ‘shoot for the stars’ and honestly I think we should be aiming for Europe. I’m in it to win it here – I haven’t joined a club that is making up the numbers. It’s a big club that should be going for that,”
“The good thing about Newcastle is we’ve got enough guys who have played at the very top. That will be invaluable this season for sure.”
“It’ll calm us down when we’re winning games and we won’t be naive like other newly-promoted sides might be. Also, if we’re going through a bit of a sticky patch we’ll be able to stay calm and negotiate a way out of it.”
“I’ll try my and best to make sure Newcastle are going in the right direction. For me, I love getting into Europe and that’s my goal with this club. I don’t mind putting my head on the block and saying that’s what this squad is capable of.”
And Sol, fresh from his outburst yesterday, following the criticism of him being too fat, has said he did have other options that he turned down to join the Newcastle United club.
“I did have other options and I did talk to other clubs. The biggest thing is I want to play football,” .
“Once I’m up and running I want to just play, I don’t want to be part of a squad really, I don’t want it to be stop-start all the way through a season. I know competition is good and things like that but the competition has to be fair.”
“For me, I’m just going to play my football and allow that to speak for me,” “If someone from England sees me and says ‘Get involved’ then great, but I have to just concentrate on Newcastle at the moment.”
“I need to get them going in the right direction first, help them towards a strong first season back in the Premier League. If England come calling then that’s a bonus. If people overlook me then there’s nothing I can do about it.”
“Last season I had a good chance I thought given how well I’d been playing but I was overlooked. You can’t force people to love you, I guess.”
Sol could have a terrific impact on the players in the Newcastle squad, because he’s done it all, and you can see his positive attitude, and that anything is possible, but first you have to believe it’s possible.
That’s what Newcastle needs this season, to overcome far too much negativity on Tyneside about not enough transfer funds being made available.
These days you can pick up good bargains with players now seeing out their contracts and becoming free agents, and we think Chris Hughton has already signed three very decent players with the promise of more players on the way.
We’re with Sol on what is possible this season, although it’s a bit of a stretch to say we can qualify for Europe.
That will be very difficult, and as long as we stay up, we’ll be happy this season.