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Campbell looking to seize surprise Spurs opportunity

Posted by nickogs20 on September 3, 2008

After an exhausting transfer deadline day where Premier League clubs were jostling for position in the race to secure his signature, Fraizer Campbell eventually became a Tottenham Hotspur player as the window slammed shut… temporarily at least.

This is of course all linked to United’s ultimately successful pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov. One of the main sticking points in that deal was Spurs’ need for a forward to replace the departing Bulgarian, but with the North London club’s list of targets dwindling by the hour (Zenit St Petersburg ruled out any late deal for Andrei Arshavin, Diego Milito joined Genoa, Sergio Garcia moved to Betis), there was a very real worry that the deal would collapse.

United at this stage had a £7m bid on the table from Hull City for Campbell, and Steve Bruce also thought he’d secured the services of the player for his Wigan side on loan at one point, even going so far as to visit the England U21 team hotel to speak to the striker according to one newspaper. Fulham and West Bromwich Albion were also strongly rumoured to be monitoring the situation closely. As the 20 year-old himself said:

“I was up since half past seven and had so many calls. At one point it was looking like I was going to one place and then things would change and then I would be going somewhere else.”

It then appears that, somewhere, two and two were put together. Spurs needed a forward, the promising Campbell was available on-loan (and possibly permanently) if Berbatov arrived at Old Trafford. While the United youngster wasn’t the big name Spurs were after, he was deemed of sufficient quality to play a part at White Hart Lane, and Sir Alex Ferguson duly cajoled (some might say railroaded) him into agreeing to the one year loan deal on the table.

Campbell was understandably looking to establish himself at Old Trafford this season after a successful loan spell at Hull last year and told the newspapers on Tuesday of his disappointment at not being given the chance to do so, but also expressed his excitement at the prospect of Premier League football at a big club:

“I’m really excited to be going to Tottenham. They are a big club, with a good manager and they are building a really good team. It’s disappointing to leave United but when you get a chance to play for a club like Tottenham you have to take it. I would have liked to stay at United but with Berbatov coming in the gaffer felt I might be better served going somewhere else to get some games.”

Sir Alex’s position on this makes a fair degree of sense, especially if he seriously considers Manucho likely to be able to contribute this season. Competing just for the role of fourth striker wouldn’t be particularly beneficial for Fraizer’s development, whereas at Spurs he looks set to initially be backup to Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent, with the very real chance of getting regular football. If he’s successful, United will get a better player back next summer. If not, some of the questions about whether the young forward can really cut it at Premier League level will have perhaps been answered, without United suffering the consequences.

As David Gill put it on MUTV:

“Fraizer has been a well sought after young striker over the summer and we did receive offers from clubs wanting to buy him. We didn’t want to sell though because we believe, and Alex believes, he has a great future ahead of him. Going on loan to a great club like Tottenham will give him experience in the Premier League and he’ll come back a better player and hopefully force his way into the team here. So we’re delighted with the deal – it’s good for him and good for us.”

All this is of course assuming Spurs have no option to buy the player at the end of (or even during) the loan spell, but continuing under that assumption (and Gill not mentioning anything about such a clause encourages that), this all appears to have worked out ideally for Sir Alex and United. We will of course follow Fraizer’s progress at Spurs with great interest, and you can too via our loan updates.
 

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12 Responses to “Campbell looking to seize surprise Spurs opportunity”

  1. nic said

    As a Spurs fan I would be a bit miffed if we didnt have the option to buy if he is successful. Also dont forget the Russian is cup tied for the wafer cup so the young cambell will have more than a strong chance at european football

  2. JD said

    ITS STILL A RISK IF THE GUY CAN`T CUT IT WE SPURS ARE DOWN TO TWO STRIKERS AND ONE OF THEM IE BENT IS VERY MUCH A AWOL PLAYER AND THEN THERE WAS ONE WHOSE HABITS WE ARE UNKNOWN TO YET ! SO GOOD BUSINESS FOR WHO A FAN IN THE STANDS WOULD NOT HAVE AGREED TO THIS CRAZY SITUATION , NOW WE ALL KNOW MANURE UTD WANTED THE COMPLAINT DROPPED SO SPURS MUST HAVE GOT A BACKHANDER FOR THAT SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN GREATER THAN MAN CITY AND REAL MADRID`S OFFER`S REPORTED TO BE £34 / £36,000,000 RESPECTIVELY , NOW THE FANS AND THE MANAGER HAVE BEEN SHAFTED BY LEVY , LEWIS , AND ENIC THE PROMISED PLAYERS SPURS WERE PROMISED WAS ALL LIE`S , THE SPURS BOARD AND OWNERS MUST BE PRESSURED INTO SELLING SPURS TO SOME ONE ELSE WHO WOULD REALLY CARE ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF OUR GLORIOUS SPURS !

  3. WHL said

    He is not welcome at Spurs hope he realises that and hope he gets very little playing time and is driven back to ot quickly we have better players in our unde 18’s

  4. ABE said

    If spurs have no option to purchase at a set price, then we should play him only if we really really need him. Why should Spurs become the development ground for Utd

  5. nickogs20 said

    Nic – didn’t realise that about Pavlyuchenko, good news from my POV.

    JD – um, you do realise this is a Man United-focused blog? Can see why you’d be miffed, ultimately not my problem though.

    WHL – Strange attitude to have, thankfully I assume Ramos is more level-headed. He’s a good player with the potential to do well for you, I’m fairly sure there isn’t any striker better than him in your U18s right now (unless I’ve missed them tearing up the Championship on loan and making the England U21 squad). Give him a chance.

    ABE – Can understand that sentiment, would be a bit daft shooting yourself in the foot though if he can potentially do well for you and help you advance in the Cups or earn a few extra points that might make a big difference in your ability to attract players next summer.

    Ultimately he’s going to have a tough job breaking into the United team anyway even if he tears it up for you guys this season, so if he does well, even without an agreed fee I’d imagine there would be a high chance of you lot signing him.

  6. SweGooner said

    Hi, I’m from Sweden and Northern Irelands u16s played Sweden in my hometown yesterday. And Man utd had a player in the team, Johnny Gorman. Is he highly rated???

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  8. nickogs20 said

    SweGooner – Not too much is known about him to be honest, he’s not played for the main academy side or anything yet. How did he get on?

    Thanks for the info btw.

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  10. Nico QB said

    I thought it was quite dumb from the part of the Manchester board to tell that they werent looking to sell Campbell. It would have been ok if the felt that they should not sell him, but effectively telling out loud that they think Campbell has a future at OT means Spurs would be relectant to play him andd perhaps see him deevlop when they know full well that if the boy is a success, United are not likely to sell…

    And we all know how good our transfer dealings and relaionship with spurs have been recently!

    No truly i felt he would have got a much better chance to develop at Hull, Wigan, or lower tier teams as htey for one , would not turn a blind eye if talented players were available, even if on loan..

    I any case, I wish him all the best!

  11. Nico QB said

    Oh and any youtube links? Vids anyone?

  12. SweGooner said

    nickogs20 – He didn’t stand out from the rest. He’s left footed but played right winger so he cut in from the flank to take on a defender or look for pass. He’s like a Messi type of player but will never be as good as him. He was descent and nothing more. Can’t see him ever take the step up to the first team, he’ll maybe reach Championship quality.

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