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Campbell Looks Forward To Competing For Newcastle Place

Sol Campbell is expected to play for the Reserve side against Liverpool tomorrow night at Whitley Park.

Sol Campbell – Chris, look – I’m nearly ready!

We expect Campbell to be given about 60 minutes tomorrow night,  which should set him up nicely to be in the first team squad to play Blackpool on Saturday.

And if all goes well in the first part of that game, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if Chris brought him on sometime during the second half,  so he could make his first team bow at home for the Magpies.

We know that Sol has been  working hard to regain his match fitness over the last few weeks, and he has shown a tremendously positive attitude during his interviews over the last few weeks.

Sol said today:

“I’m certainly pushing for Blackpool. I’m working towards that as a target.” “I’m looking forward to challenging for a place.”

We have no idea who will be the starting two center-backs in a few weeks time, once Sol is fully fit.

But we have to believe Campbell’s vast experience, not to mention the considerable skill he still possesses, will make if difficult for manager Hughton to leave him out of the starting eleven.

But with both Coloccini and Williamson in such sparkling form at the moment, that’s a problem that Chris will have to deal with – but it’s a good problem to have.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • benscott123123

    Sep 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    The formation were playing seems to be working well id stick with

    Perch Williamson Coloccini Enrique
    Routledge Nolan Barton Jonas

    I’d like to see Ben Arfa Lovenkrands and Campbell used too

  • RichK

    Sep 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    For me all players have to earn their shirt. Willo has been superb so far and as far as i’m concerned deserves his place in the team. It’s a good headache for CH to have for sure.

    When everyone is fit, based on the starting 11 we’ve had so far, CH will have to choose 7 players from: Krul, Simpson, Campbell, R.Taylor, S.Taylor, Lovenkrands, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Kadar, Guthrie, Ameobi, Best, Ranger. That’s certainly not a headache i’d like, there is going to be a lot of disappointed quality players left out.

  • tomlkier

    Sep 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Perch shouldn’t be starting, he’s been responsible for the majority of the goals we’ve conceded, I think both Taylors and Simpson should be above him in the pecking order, maybe even Jonas too 😛

  • GeordieDan

    Sep 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Against Blackpool:

    R.Taylor -Williamson- Colo- Enrique
    Routlegde-Barton -Jonas
    Arfa Coming on in 2nd half to replace Barton/Nolan and Lovenkrands coming on 2nd half at some point too.

    4-1 to the Toon you read it here first! :oD

  • StevieGee

    Sep 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree. RTaylor should start against Blackpool. He’s scored twice from right back in his last two games and offers more going forward with his crossing.

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Sep 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Perch and RTaylor make too many rookie mistakes

    Perch dives in far too much which against quality players, is suicide hence the 3yellows in three games just 2 away from suspension.
    However, his confidence has grown when going forward which is nice to see

    RTaylor turns his back to the winger which at PL standard, you will get done by the likes of Nani, Bale and Malouda. Unlike Perch, he takes the sting out of attacks by holding the ball up instead off progressing on the counter but his delivery from the right is excellent – he is not as good at fk/corner delivery anymore compared to Barton but still feels a need to step in which is costly


    Sep 6, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #7

    For me campbell was the signing of the summer and a very clever move by chris.His vast experence of defending is going to bring our back line on leaps and bounds,if i was 1 of the young defenders at newcastle i would feel it an honor to learn from him.

  • Davies

    Sep 7, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    I see Willo making way for Sol at some point and, to be fair, he’s going to have to get out there some time.

    Regarding RB, I’d have Steven Taylor there over anyone else we have at the moment. Then Simpson, then RTaylor. Whoever it was above that suggested Jonas clearly didn’t see him at RB for Argentina. Woeful.

    I’s still have RTaylor on the bench for every match. RB/RW and he looks pretty comfortable making his way through the middle as well.


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