Sol Campbell ambled his way through the first half of the Reserve team game against Sunderland, at the Stadium of Light last night.
Sol Campbell – the photo that started the fuss
There’s been far too much made of Sol’s supposed pot, when he signed for Newcastle several weeks back, but now Sol is very close to full fitness and now at his fighting weight, and it’s likely there will be a behind-closed-door game next week, to give players like Sol and Ben Arfa some much needed match practice.
But Sol is a terrific professional and we hope he will play lots of games for Newcastle this coming season. It could well be that Campbell will make his debut against Blackpool a week on Saturday at St. James’ Park, but will probably start that game on the bench.
Campbell said after last night‘s run out against Sunderland:
“I was a bit blowy for the first 10 minutes, but it soon comes back to you and it was good to feel the ball again in a competitive match.” ‘It’s coming together. I’ll be pushing to play in the Blackpool game in a couple of weeks.”
The Sunderland fans barracked Sol last night, because of his weight, but that was ironic since Sunderland manager Steve Bruce tried to sign Sol in the summer, but he chose Newcastle, whom his new wife Fiona Barratt’s supports, over several other clubs that wanted to sign him on a free transfer.
That was a good first decision for the newly married player. 😀
We look forward to Sol Campbell making his debut soon for the Newcastle United side.