It’s not a huge surprise that the local press in Newcastle today, are reporting that Sol Campbell will leave the club in the summer.
Sol Campbell – could retire at season end
Sol was signed shortly after his wedding to Fiona Barratt last July, on a free transfer, and there was a one year option the club could pick up, but it’s hardly a shock that Newcastle will not do that.
When Sol has come into the side this season, he’s appeared only 8 times with 4 starts, he’s looked a little vulnerable, and it could be that time is finally catching up with the player, who was a world class center-back in his time.
One reason Sol joined Newcastle is that he had a good relationship with former manager Chris Hughton, but once Chris was fired in December, things didn’t look too bright for Campbell and he’s hardly been used by new manager Alan Pardew.
Sol is one of those players who will be unloaded in the summer, so that new players can be brought in, and the Newcastle wage bill can be kept under some sort of control.
Campbell is on big wages at the club, so his departure will help that and other players who may be moved out this summer include Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Wayne Routledge, Xisco and James Perch.
Alan Pardew has talked in positive terms about both Danny Guthrie and James Perch, so it will be interesting to see whic players he unloads, and of course Alan also has to decide the fate of a number of the Newcastle youngsters, whose contracts run out in the summer.
It could well be that Sol Campbell finally finishes off what has been a fantastic career for him, both at club and International level for England.
While he hasn’t played much for Newcastle, Sol Campbell is a terrific professional and will have been a great role model for the many promising youngsters at the Newcastle club.
For the record, Sol has made 644 club appearances with 29 goals in his career, and played 73 times for England with one goal.
In short he was a great center-back.