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Sol Strolls Through Reserve Team Game At Sunderland

Sol Campbell ambled his way through the first half of the Reserve team game against Sunderland,  at the Stadium of Light last night.

Sol Campbell – the photo that started the fuss

There’s been far too much made of Sol’s supposed pot, when he signed for Newcastle several weeks back, but now Sol is very close to full fitness and now at his fighting weight, and it’s likely there will be a behind-closed-door game next week, to give players like Sol and Ben Arfa some much needed match practice.

But Sol is a terrific professional and we hope he will play lots of games for Newcastle this coming season.  It could well be that Campbell will make his debut against Blackpool a week on Saturday at St. James’ Park, but will probably start that game on the bench.

Campbell said after last night‘s run out against Sunderland:

“I was a bit blowy for the first 10 minutes, but it soon comes back to you and it was good to feel the ball again in a competitive match.” ‘It’s coming together. I’ll be pushing to play in the Blackpool game in a couple of weeks.”

The Sunderland fans barracked Sol last night, because of his weight, but that was ironic since Sunderland manager Steve Bruce tried to sign Sol in the summer, but he chose Newcastle, whom his new wife Fiona Barratt’s supports, over several other clubs that wanted to sign him on a free transfer.

That was a good first decision for the newly married player. 😀

We look forward to Sol Campbell making his debut soon for the Newcastle United side.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 1, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    “I’ll be pushing to play in the Blackpool game in a couple of weeks.”

    Don’t push too hard Sol, we already have a superb centre back who CAN last 90 minutes and already has a whole pre-season behind him.

    I’m beginning to dislike this guy’s arrogance already. Bench warmer at best.

  • batty

    Sep 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    i 2nd that captain he has 2 gears slow and very slow

  • ganiyu

    Sep 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    What about tozer kadar taylor.williamson is ok.sol has played his best years and is now a back up not a keyplayer.im scared that he might be cacapa or rozenhal.the right decision has to be made.hba and tiote also have to start from bench

  • chuck

    Sep 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Well the guy`s a pro., had no doubt he would be a great addition to the side, hope he can get a bit of organization and help develope the games of
    his fellow defenders.

    As for the recent recruits, cant wait to see Ben Arfa do his thing, could become a cult hero on Tyneside, have`nt had an entertainer for some time.
    Then there`s our new Ivorian enforcer who i`ve heard described as an Essien type, IMO
    the side have lacked someone to fill this role since Parker left.

    As for the rest, journeymen,
    Williamson, nothing special, Perch, needs to bulk up gets pushed around too much.
    Gosling ? who knows, showed some talent @ Everton, but can`t expect much this season, due to injury and lack of match fitness, probably come off the bench a lot.

    Have to say Sol, BA and Tiote are good additions and it`s good to have the increased numbers, but dont expect the side to do better than mid table.
    Gonna take a lot of ins and outs before this club will be challenging for silverware.

  • Sav

    Sep 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t understand that negativity.
    He says he’ll be pushing for a place – what would you expect him to say?
    And if you are Kadar, Tavernier or any of our defenders for that matter, would the idea of playing alongside such an experienced international defender not be something to relish?
    C’mon and give him a bit of slack.

  • ganiyu

    Sep 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    We not far from a silvaware.we have footballers playing on the pitch not models.i.e. owen huge salary and fame for treachous act.

  • jesus was a geordie

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    chuck, agreed entirely with your first 2 paragraphs, but couldn’t disagree more with you on Williamson…

    If by nothing special you mean he doesn’t d@ck about on the ball trying to do backflips and carwheels then yeah, he’s nothing special…The lad has been absolutely class in our past 3 league games!

    Granted Rooney wasn’t on form, but Williamson limited him entirely to half chances, he was solid as a rock against Villa (AND added 2 assists to his name) and stood up brilliantly to the physical challenge of Wolves. He reminds me of Woodgate!

  • dublin mag steve

    Sep 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    sols exactly the type of player we need when were up against it he wont buckle under pressure and hes exactly the type of player/person we need to bring taylor on to the next level i wouldnt worry about his age if youre good enough your young enough just look at david weir at rangers.


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