Sol Campbell again showed his excellent attitude last night when playing with some of the Newcastle youngsters for the Reserves against Liverpool, and he was happy to get in a good 60 minutes of play last night.
Sol Campbell – getting fitter and fitter
And Sol came through the game uninjured and looked good, and he is obviously keen for more playing time, and feels ready for the game with Blackpool this Saturday.
Sol talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’m going to keep on pushing.” “I’m in with a shout I just have to keep training hard now.” “Once you have the minutes under your belt you just have to wait for the call from the gaffer.”
“I needed to get the minutes, and that’s what it is all about really.” “I’m getting those minutes and I’m getting stronger and stronger.”
Campbell got a good reception at the game last night at Whitley Park, and is looking forward to making his debut in front of a 50,000-plus crowd at St. James’ Park – soon.
That could come on Saturday against Blackpool, but there’s no guarantee that Sol will be brought on during that game, with Coloccini and Williamson both in excellent form right now.
“Home debut or away debut – it doesn’t really matter to me.” “I just want to get stronger and keep on playing, and it’s coming.” “To play against a Liverpool team who are quite sharp up front is nice because you do need it.”
“It was good to get out there with a few younger players.” “It’s nice to see them fighting.” “They’re a good bunch of lads. It was a good result overall.”
And reserve coach Peter Beardsley added:
“Sol is a top pro, there’s no doubt about it.” “You know your own body and I know what he’s going through.” “He’ll be ready when he’s ready, but he looked quite comfortable and confident. The main thing is he brings a great presence to our young team.”
It must have been great for the youngsters last night – on both sides – to be playing in a game with a former England great like Sol Campbell.
It looks like Campbell’s getting fitter and fitter after finishing his second Reserve team outing in a week, and he’ll be in the first team squad on Saturday, and seems likely to start that game on the bench.