Campbell Anxious To Play Big Part For Newcastle This Season


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.

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57 comments so far

  • i Toon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    25 man squad to be name soon and i think we have a good squad to finish around 8 – 13 th

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Our squad sorts itself out. We have 23 over 21s and then the youth players (that includes Carroll!)

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    morning from the states lads! how are my toon army brothers this morning?

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #5

    sol put in a good shift yesterday against the unwashed!!!!!!!glad we beat the mackems even though its just a reserve fixture…

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  • derekm

    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Can anyone honestly say that sol should walk in? Williamson has been more than impressive and not put a foot wrong as far as I’m concerned.
    Collocini won’t be dropped in favour of Campbell so Mike has to be the favourite – hope it’s not because of his name alone.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    derekm,

    i agree mate. williamson has done everything we asked of him and is in sparkling form right now. I think sol should go to the bench and maybe be a defensive sub until williamson or colo dip in form

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Willo, Willo, Willo, Willo……. (etc)

    Hoots is a commie, everyone has to earn their place (I hope..)

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    3 sol stories in one day? i think 1 longer one would be enough lol.
    no way sol plays v blackpool. willo and colo are playing very well together, even though willo has left prechy out to dry a couple of times by leaving him to mark 2. fact is harps has had very little to do in our 1st three games and it has largely to do with the 2 in front of him. you don’t fix something that’s working and chemistry in your back 4 is very hard to get. solo will have to wait for a massive dip in play, or suspension/injury to get a run out in league play. he will most likely start against chelski in the carling cup.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Sol won’t walk in. Neither will Taylor.

    I think Hughton will give Sol every cup game and most games when Willo/Coloccini are injured or suspended.

    Then when Taylor’s back, it’ll be incredibly fierce at the back.

    Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini and Campbell are all players that would walk into any other back four in the bottom half of the league.

    It’s gonna be so hard for Hughton…

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #11

    there is no way hughton will drop collo or willo end of story, and if i was either of them 2 and i was dropped, i wouldnt be happy

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #12

    saylor has a better chance of playing when he comes back as he can play rb.

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  • StuW

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    All depends on whether CH names Steven in the 25 squad. Hope he does, such a goo ddefender, and he will surely sign a new contract now the window has closed and he can’t go nowhere.

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  • Mags

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #14

    I think he might as well name Tayls as I do not think we can get up to 25 anyways.

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  • colwell

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    I`d put colo in at rb good pace played there a few times for depor when needed gets campbell and willo in with the bull thats some defence,

    harper,
    colo, campbell, willo, enrique
    tiote
    routledge barton jonas
    ben arfa
    carroll

    thats my ideal 11 but I know nolan is going to get a place in that some wheres

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  • batty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    talks with taylor are ongoing he remains on the transfer list

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  • Birts

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #18

    only 23 named then

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  • batty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    yep 23 the scum named 24

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #21

    steven taylor was named, we only have a 23 man roster cuz we have so many young home grown players….

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  • Birts

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we will still do sound and hopefully finish above the scum

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  • Birts

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #23

    hate these international breaks still football but not the same and am looking forward to the blackpool game just to see the set up

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  • YankeeToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #24

    I think using a three man rotation at centerback would be best for the depth of the team and overall fitness of all three.
    Wish we could have got Keane. Maybe in the winter after Spurs have been knocked out of europe competition and Keane’s playing time is dimished he might think a move to Newcatle as in his best interest.
    Would love to get a year and a half out of Keane. Sorry to say Ameobi or any of the other strikers off the bench are of Prem quality.

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  • Birts

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #25

    I think with the players we have bought in we have the option to go out and play a very offensive or defensive team depending on who we are up against

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  • atom

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    I wonder why Forster was named?

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  • CT

    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    This is the most honest squad of players for a long time! Ash and CH need congrats. Ash is planning for the future success ala ARSENAL. Wait until new FIFA rules are in place!!! Clubs cant spend more than they generate! Lets see how the supposed top 6 deal with that inc the top EURO sides!!!

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  • batty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #28

    atom we will have a recall clause

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  • atom

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #29

    batty- Thought he was still 21

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  • slazberger

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #30

    fosters 22 according to skysports

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #31

    23 in squad probably ’cause we had intended to buy another two (lb and striker), but didn’t / couldn’t. (delete where applicable).

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  • atom

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #32

    That 23 looks good for 8-12 place for me (barring Carroll missing significant time)

    HWTL

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Newcastle: Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge, Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Xisco, Fraser Forster, Tim Krul, James Perch, Cheik Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Captain, most teams didn’t fill up the 25. I don’t think Hoots will have specifically wanted to fill it up just for the sake of it.

    I reckon he thinks we have a squad that is more than capable, but also if we do need help in January then we can add 2 players no hassle.

    Also Forster’s in the squad because you need to name three keepers (I think)

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Our best player isn’t even listed in the 23 😉

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #36

    HTL@33:

    I don’t think Hoots would have said no to a decent striker and a LB either, so best be safe than sorry and have a couple of berths free just in case there was a bite on the line.

    Contingency planning, I think it’s called?

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  • ginkoh

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Play S.Taylor on Right back slot. He’s better right back than Simpson and Perch.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Yankeetoon@24 ‘..three man rotation at CB..’

    Best have two men that understand each other and build a solid system week in week out. The third man can then slot into that system, and not have to reconfigure the whole thing every game. Colo and Willo, currently, would be my first two picks in the first team, followed by Big Andy, ‘Enry and Jonas. I’m hoping Tiote and Arfa will make that the magnificent seven. The other 4 places down to opposition, tactics and form..

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #39

    .. mebbe Barton as well come to think on it, so that makes it the esteemed eight, I guess, right?

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 1, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #40

    “best be safe than sorry and have a couple of berths free just in case”

    Agree I think if Hughton thinks someone (probably a ST or LB) is there for the right price etc then he’d fill it.

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