We have a sneaking suspicion that Sol Campbell will have a very good season for Newcastle – we hope that Sol Campbell will have a very good season for Newcastle. 😀
Sol Campbell – getting match fit – quickly
Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell has targeted the Premier League match against Blackpool on Saturday, 11th September for his first-team debut, but whether he will get a run-out then is entirely up to Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, of course.
Campbell, 35, who turns 36 two weeks come Saturday, joined Newcastle in July, and has been getting himself back to full fitness, after taking some time off, and getting married to Fiona Barratt over the summer.
Sol is yet to make his Newcastle debut, but came through 45 minutes last night in good shape against Sunderland, in the 3-1 Reserve team win.
Campbell told BBC Newcastle today that he would like to make his debut in the next league game at home to Blackpool:
“I’m going to work towards that, that’s going to be the aim for me,” “I’m going to keep working hard and I’m happy with how things are going.”
“Competition breeds success.” “It’s a long season, there’s going to be injuries and suspensions but the lads have started brilliantly.”
“It’s all about minutes on the pitch, and working really hard between the games and today was of benefit”
“There’s still a few more small-sided games I need to do back in training, the next two weeks or a month will be very good.”
There is a Reserve team game next Tuesday at home to Liverpool, and it seems that Sol is looking forward to getting another run-out in that game.
And it seems that Sol has been doing the interview circuit, after last night’s first Newcastle appearance, as he also spoke to Sky Sports News today.
He told Sky Sports News:
“These games obviously help. You keep on working hard on the training ground and concentrate on that but you start feeling the benefits when you start playing.”
“It was good. Forty-five minutes was enough. Next week there’s another game so hopefully I can get 60-70 minutes out of me.”
Sol Campbell is certainly going all out to get fit, and it will be a tough call for Newcastle manager Chris Hughton to decide whom he replaces in central defense right now, as both Coloccini and Williamson have been in very good form this season.
It may well be that Sol needs to wait a game or two before making his Newcastle United debut, but he’s professional enough to know he will not simply walk into the team, once he’s fit.
But Sol can do a very good job for Newcastle this season, and that’s exactly what he seems to want to do.