Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has today talked about center-back Sol Campbell, who is itching for another start at Newcastle, and Chris only says good things about the former England great.
Sol Campbell – still a great player, says Hughton
The 36-year-old former England international has 73 caps and 638 first class appearances, with two of those for Newcastle so far, and in his club career he’s scored 29 goals (plus one goal for England).
But Sol has already proved in his Newcastle debut in that fantastic League Cup victory at Chelsea, and then as a substitute for Fab Coloccini in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last time out, that he is ready to play a big role on Tyneside.
And Sol, married to local girl Fiona Barrett, sees himself on Tyneside beyond this season, even though his current contract is only a one year deal.
Chris Hughton knows Campbell very well from the time Campbell was at Tottenham and Chris was coaching there, and he seems to understand the player well, and still thinks Sol is a fabulous footballer today.
This is what Chris said about Sol today to Sky Sports News today:
“Sol has shown in the games he has played, Chelsea away and coming on at Manchester City, that he is a very solid character and a very solid player,”
“There are not too many frills about Sol, he just does the job efficiently and in the manner in which he is used to doing it, so I have never had any fears about him.”
“He’s an experienced player and he is vocal enough.” “You can gain that respect by what you say and by your presence, and the players are aware what a fabulous player he has been and is, so he has been a good influence.”
Both Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini have performed really well for Newcastle in the Premier League so far this season, and it may well be Sol is again on the bench for the important games at home to Wigan on Saturday afternoon.
All three are fit and ready to go on Saturday,. and it’s up to Chris to decide which two start the game.
And Chris is only too aware of the important decisions he has to make in his team selection for Saturday, with lots of competition for places all over the pitch at the Newcastle club right now.
“We have lots of big decisions, but as we have continually said, we would rather have those decisions than no decisions to make.”
We still have a hunch that Williamson and Coloccini will get the nod from Hughton on Saturday, but once Sol gets into the first team over a couple of games, he will be very hard to displace, that’s for sure.
That’s not only because of his immense skill, but also because of the vast experience and sense of calm he brings to the Newcastle team.