Sol Campbell Showing Real Quality In Training

It looks like Sol Campbell is approaching full fitness again, after putting up with some rather unfair comments about his fitness when he first arrived on Tyneside.

Sol Campbell – showing fine form in training

Newcastle play Sunderland in a Reserve game at the Stadium of Light tomorrow, and it looks like Chris will give Sol Campbell a competitive run-out in that game.

Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor also look to get a game in an attempt to keep the lads match fit.

Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’m looking forward to having Sol available.” “He’s already shown his quality in training, and he’ll be a real asset to the club.”

Campbell’s last first team game was in April for Arsenal in their 4-0 win over Fulham, but the former England defender has not played since then and is well short of match [practice, which is one reason he hasn’t yet been seen in a Newcastle shirt.

But the comments from Chris seem to suggest that when Sol is fit and ready – probably even for the game at home to Blackpool on September 12th, he will be in the starting side.

We’ll see because his presence in the squad has seemingly made both Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson play very well indeed so far in all of Newcastle’s games, which is one reason of course that competition for places is so important at any club.

It will be great to see Sol make his first team debut sometime soon.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Flood

    Aug 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    i’m still a bit apprehensive

  • GeordieDan

    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Colo and Williamson have been a class act for the last year or so for NUFC. I doubt the arrival of Sol has done a great deal to change their efforts.

    Can’t do any harm mind but if I was either of those 2 I’d be pretty pissed off if Sol just wandered in to the starting 11.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Who would he replace, Willo or Collo?

    My guess is none of them as long as they play like the done the last games. But it is really nice to have a player like Sol ready to step in if one of them picks up an injury.

  • Flood

    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    i’d liek an arsenal fan to tell us how he performed last year. But going by this season, him and taylor will have to remain on the bench. Williamson and colo are class together. with enrique left back, we look to have a solid back line. Not seen perch play enough to comment.

  • keegan trio

    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    hope staylor stay and play at rb…

  • geordielad880

    Aug 30, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    flood, my best mate is an arsenal fan, and he says sol was really good last season, and we done well to get him, hughton has been rumoured to have been experiementing with 3 at the back in training, might be an option.





    routledge————————————ben arfa


  • Edd Case

    Aug 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    No no no!!!!

    Three at the back is NOT good.

    I am convinced that CH loves the 451 system.

    If we keep playing well with it, so be it.

    442 will get us in trouble against bigger teams, CH is right about that.
    We have to make it difficult for the opposition whilst carrying a decent threat.
    As long as HBA and Jonas do their fair share of tracking back, we’ll be a very decent side and certainly capable of a top half finish.

  • Sinner

    Aug 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #8

    4-4-2 is the best possible option for any team.







    Great formation but i know that they wouldnt let mcloven play,that why they need to look for a supporting striker,someone like Albin or keane, someone to give the ball to caroll who will knock the ball in the NET.Simple as it is.

    Also if taylor stays.
    And if Gosling is fit,replace him with Tiote.

  • keegan trio

    Aug 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    guess routledge is gonna be bench warmer..but i hope not..he needs games to seems to like him 2

  • Sinner

    Aug 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10


    He is a good player but pass lacking and sometimes he doesnt even know his speed.
    Accelerating too much and then suddenly the ball cross the line for a goal kick. 😀

  • keegan trio

    Aug 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11

    do u think hba is gonna replace him?..will hba play on right flank..i tot he wants central attackin role? is nolan is trouble??

  • lewman

    Aug 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    nolan will just move back into cm if ben arfa plays cam, we might even play 4312 at times when giving jonas a rest, but only ifwe get another striker.
    routledge should be used as a super sub as he will cause more problems when the other team are tiring.

  • toon-aholic

    Aug 30, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    coloccini and williamson have been very good together and i fear hughton will show some bad management and let Sol walk into the team!

    sol is a good player still imo but colo and willo will be miffed if sol walks str8 into the team and ends there solid partnership

  • moonraker

    Aug 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    No-one is gonna be causing trouble if left on the bench!

    They know that’s the way the game is now and Sol has got so much respect from his peers he should be able to walk into the team if his form is good.

    There wont be any dissent IMO now with CH getting full respect from the players and fans.

    Those of us who were unsure of him were proven wrong with that 6-0 win against Villa!! 🙂

  • photocox

    Aug 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Been a fan of this blog for sometime and thought I’d give my two cents the other side of the ocean (for what that’s worth)!

    Seems to me, he’s taller and leaner than ex-Mag and current Wearsider Titus so if that’s any indication of what a professional defender should look like, Sol’s lookin’ good. His cardio shouldn’t be THAT far off considering the lengthy honeymoon period he was on too, if you know what I mean.

  • baro

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Can’t wait to see this big guy in action wearing the black and white!

  • Brutooon

    Aug 31, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #17

    three in the back is NOT a good formation (just to cater sol campbell)

    stick with the 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 formation!

    Wait till coloccini or williamson to get injured then bring campbell.

    Kadar can learn from him

  • milktoonaus

    Aug 31, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #18

    when he came back from his honeymoon, it looked like the only one doing the cardio on the trip was his wife.

  • Mat

    Aug 31, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree with GeordieDan’s comments in regards to both Collo and Williamson playing well this year…. however Colo still worries me at times. he is neither strong or quick enough for the EPL. however his form is currently solid therefore feel that (as long as results are good) CH wont change his back line too much unless injury, suspension or loss of form hits either of the 2.

    not sure we will do any more business today. but been a great window so far. keep it up Ch and MA


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