Sol Campbell will get his long awaited first league start for Newcastle on Sunday, when the Magpies take on Chelsea at home.
Sol Campbell – in action for Newcastle Saturday at Bolton
Sol has found it difficult to get into the first team this season, due to the excellent form of both Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson, but with both picking up three match bans after the 5-1 thumping at Bolton, Sol will now get his chance of at least three games in succession in the Newcastle first team.
Sol doesn’t lack experience of course and he has 3 appearances so far for Newcastle this season, but in his career he’s played a total of 639 first class games with 29 goals, and he will know he will have to take this chance when it is offered to him on Sunday afternoon.
Because a lot of Newcastle’s troubles this season have been with inconsistency and giving up sloppy goals at the back, there’s a case to be made for playing Campbell in Newcastle’s defense, if only because of his massive experience.
Sol will get that chance to show he should start for Newcastle, and another player with first team ambitions, Steven Taylor, will also be hoping to grab his chance and stay in the starting line-up.
Steven Taylor has played 179 times with 10 goals for Newcastle so far, but still hasn’t signed a new contract at Newcastle, and his current contract runs out next summer, which is the same for Sol Campbell, who signed just a one year deal last summer.
So both players could be playing for their futures too, as Sol has said he still wants to play a few more season yet, before he hangs up his boots.
As for Steven Taylor we don’t know what the situation really is, but think he is being badly advised by his agent Paul Stretford, who got Wayne Rooney into a mess recently at Manchester United.
So one interesting fact is that the two center-backs playing on Sunday may not even be with the club next August.