Sky Sports reporter Paul Merson has said that Newcastle United will reap the rewards very soon, of having Sol Campbell at the Tyneside club.
Sol Campbell – a top players but also a top prefessional
Sol has only played twice for Newcastle so far against Chelsea in Newcastle’s fantastic 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge and in the 2-1 defeat at Man City, when Sol replaced Argentine Fab Coloccini in the first half, after Fab had been injured.
In both games Sol played extremely well and was as cool as a cucumber, and the former Arsenal and England great is currently trying to recover from a thigh injury, so he make the bench against his former club Arsenal, this afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.
But Newcastle fans will be hoping Sol can get involved in the team sooner rather than later, and make a big impact on Tyneside, as his contract only lasts through next summer.
This is what Paul Merson said about Sol today:
“Sol is just top, top drawer. Just to have him around the place is a real bonus,” “He is a great centre-half, but he’s also the model professional and that will be rubbing off on some of the younger players there.”
“They will be picking up the way he conducts himself and the way he trains – it can only be good for Newcastle.” “I’m sure he’ll play a part this year. You pick up those kind of injuries when you get older but he’s a naturally fit lad and it won’t take him long to get back.”
“When he does, he’s a great option for Chris to have.” “Last year for Arsenal I thought he was as good as anyone in the division in the second half of the season.” “To be honest I was surprised that Arsenal didn’t keep hold of him for another year – it was a great deal for Newcastle to get him.”
Sol has so far played 638 first class club games with 29 goals, and in addition has played for England 73 times with one goal.
But Sol has said more than once that he wants to keep playing after this season, and still sees another three seasons at least, in top class football.
We’ll have to wait and see on that one.