Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand, always welcome at the Newcastle club, has come out today and paid some huge compliments to his former England team-mate Sol Campbell.
Sol Campbell – in action at Eastlands
And one of the things Les has said about the 36 year-old is that he could still be playing when he’s 40, and that doesn’t surprise us too much – and hopefully at Newcastle United too.
One reason we say that is because Sol himself has said he wants to play a few more seasons yet, and his move to Newcastle is not a one season swan song.
Ferdinand talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Sol:
“There is a saying: ‘Form is temporary and class is permanent’. I think that applies to Sol in a big
way.” “I played with Sol when he was 24 or 25 and he is just a class act.”“It was a great signing for Newcastle and he will prove that over the course of the season now he is fully fit and looks ready.”
“It did not surprise me he came on against Manchester City and did so well.” “I know people were saying he was a little bit overweight when he came in, but he looks the part now.” “There were those pictures which people probably saw and made their own judgements.”
“Sol was between clubs, he was getting married and he had other issues going on in his life, so it was really not the end of the world if he was not quite right at that time.” “He went some way to answering those criticisms coming up against one of the best sides in the league in Manchester City and playing the way he did.”
“That criticism also neglects the fact Sol is naturally quite a fit guy and he applies himself in the right way. He is a top professional and he does things the right way.”
When Sol Campbell came on in the first half on Sunday, after Coloccini had felt his groin, he joined Manchester United’ s Ryan Giggs, as the only two players to have played in every Premier League season since it was formed back in 1992. Some record for both players.
Campbell’s experience should be tantamount at Newcastle this season, as he can help emerging stars like Mike Williamson with their game, and other players like goalkeeper Tim Krul have already said he is helping them a lot with the reading of the game.
Sol seems a naturally fit player, and he came on during Sunday’s game in that first half, and fitted into the Newcastle defense like a glove, which is a testament to his great professionalism of course.
The former Newcastle star striker added:
“I played in the Premier League until I was 38.” “Sol can go beyond that – he could play for another four or five years if he wanted to.” “The thing with Sol is if he puts his mind to it then he will succeed.” “Whether he would want to do that, I don’t know.”
“But he has shown his ability consistently for the last 20 years.” “It was a great move for him. I know only too well how fantastic Newcastle are as a club and really Sol could not have chosen a better place – or a better manager – at this stage in his career.”
We look forward to the Newcastle club making more great deals in the transfer market, but from what Chris said yesterday, we may have to wait until summer for that.
But hey, we’d be a little surprised if at least one new and good player doesn’t arrive in January – we’ll see soon enough.
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