Joel Campbell, the 21 year-old Arsenal striker had an excellent game for Costa Rica in that upset win against 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay, and he scored a great goal – as Costa Rica came back with three goals in the second half, after going one goal down to a dodgy penalty in the first half.
Costa Rica team before the Uruguay game
Joel Campbell is on the left in the front row
Although there is no real news whether Newcastle are interested in Joel, his performance against Uruguay will have alerted a number of clubs to his potential future star quality.
Joel has been out on loan for the last three season at Lorient, Real Betis and last season he was at Olympiacos.
In those loan spells he had plenty of playing time with 108 appearances, 17 goals and 18 assists, and he has 34 caps for Costa Rica with 10 goals.,
Campbell has only one year left on his contract with Arsenal and with the Gunners in the market for some experienced strikers this summer, it may be that Joel will not be part of the Arsenal first team squad next season.
He could go out on loan again and that’s presumably an option for Newcastle United, but the Magpies could also try to sign the player outright this summer.
We’ve seen last season that if an on-loan striker plays well for Newcastle, other bigger clubs will come in for him and he will not sign for Newcastle United, which is why Newcastle may prefer a permanent deal.
After the Costa Rica win against Uruguay, Joel was asked if he would go back to Arsenal next season::
“Of course I have to go back, because I have a contract with Arsenal.” “The most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup.”
“Today was excellent for me, but it would have come to nothing without the contribution of my team-mates.” “Everyone lived up to their responsibilities. I tried to do my best to score goals and my colleagues supported me.”
“We have to take one step after another. We have difficult matches ahead, but this will give us impetus.”
Newcastle will presumably also be watching other strikers in the World Cup in the next few weeks, but Joel certainly got off to an impressive start in his first game.