News today that Newcastle have joined the race to sign 26 year-old former Sunderland and Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell, who is currently at Cardiff City, and the south Wales side were relegated on Saturday, when they lost 3-0 at Newcastle.
Fraizer Campbell – Cardiff City striker
Like all relegated sides from the Premier League, there will be other clubs looking to take the best Cardiff players at decent prices, because usually the relegated clubs must cut their operating costs when they go down to the Championship, because of the much reduced revenues.
When Newcastle were relegated in 2009 our revenues went from £86.1 to £52.4M, and then when we were immediately promoted, they went back to £88.4M, and there’s even more of a gap these days in revenues, since the new Premier League multi-billion pound deal kicked in this season.
And Newcastle are one of the few clubs in the last several years who have gained immediate promotion back to the Premier League.
The Huddersfield-born striker joined Manchester United when he was very young and came through their famous Youth Academy.
The report in the Mirror is that there are a number of clubs queuing up to take the 26 year-old, but he has never been that successful at the top level – but Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Stoke are other clubs also said to be interested in the striker.
Since joining Cardiff from Sunderland two years ago, he has scored 16 goals in 50 appearances for Cardiff, and this season in the Premier League he has 9 goals in 38 appearances for the bottom of the league side.
While at Sunderland he scored only 10 goals in 68 appearances over four seasons, so he has never been a prolific goalscorer nor successful at the top level in England.
Fraizer has played for all the England Youth sides and has one appearance at the senior level in February of 2012, when interim England manager and former Newcastle left-back Stuart Pearce gave some young players a chance in the friendly against Holland, which we lost 3-2.
At that time Campbell had scored only six league goals in the previous four years, and had been at Sunderland for three years.
Fraizer is a decent striker, but we think Newcastle can do a lot better this summer, and we’d be surprised if the Magpies are really interested in the 26 year-old.
What do you think?