Vital Football

Redknapp - Sol's form will return

Redknapp - Sol's form will return

Harry Redknapp has backed Sol Campbell to get back to his best.

Campbell has been fantastic for us since we signed him, and his form last season rightfully earned him an eventual - over due - England recall along with David James, however this season - since around Christmas time for sure - his form has been 'erratic' to say the least.

What has brought on this dramatic dip in form? And my own thinking in saying 'dramatic' would not be an understatement, as I feel this was not really a sudden dip in form it just seemed to go right away, as if some switch was flicked to make it happen! Well I do have my theories…

'Class is permanent, form is temporary' as they say, so he has not lost this class but his form does need to get back to somewhere near its best soon - clearly if it was as its 'very best' he would not be here now! - or we will pay the price, as we have on several occasions, but the blame cannot, and is not being laid at Campbell's door entirely as that would not be fair, or right.

My own thinking is that time is catching up on him, but he still has the ability to perform much better than he has - but in all fairness the same goes for many others. I would like him to be here again next season, but if the form does not improve then as harsh as it might sound I do not think myself that he will, or dare I even say should be, well not as a regular anyway…

I reckon that the biggest drawback for him this season has been the fact that he has not been able to be 'rested' anywhere near as much as he has been needed to, and this probably has not helped - the loss of not having Linvoy Primus available this season has been felt much more than some might think.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday March 7 2008
Time: 12:00PM

Comments

0
Campbell has slowed up, thats for sure. In my opinion it showed initially when he last played for England. The question is, is it physical or lack of motivation. Past rumours would suggest the latter, which in turn would affect training and cause lack of fitness.
007
07/03/2008 12:32:00
0
who will replace him though? Ive never thought he was much better than linvoy in his time here to be honest. I read today he is on 105k a week if i was harry id get rid of him because i dont think he deserves that much.
pompeysno.9
07/03/2008 12:43:00
0
i think in the long term martin cranie will replace him, chances are we will still have sol - and hopefully even optimus primus even tho he is ageing - but getting him motivated is the key, when he is he is at his best, when he isnt he often doesnt 'want to know'... at his best sol was as good as anyway, if still at that best he wouldnt be here now, but i do agree that he played alongside primus last season primus looked every inch as good as sol, in my thinking...
pompeyrug
07/03/2008 13:20:00
0
As I said elsewhere he has a special physio at the training ground for a post session rub down which is worrying but we would all love to see Solid back to his best.
eastneydave
07/03/2008 13:52:00
0
he hasnt lossed the class, as he can still make those perfectly timed, goal saving sliding tackles. what he has lost a little bit is his pace and fitness. he just hasnt been able to keep up with the young strikers.
pompeycarpet
07/03/2008 17:07:00
0
Well 'arry, lets hope he plays to his absoloute best tomorrow.
pompey4me
07/03/2008 21:39:00
0
Brilliant as he was/is, time catches up with every man. With Sol you just feel it's as much mental as physical. A tortured talent.
storagematt
07/03/2008 21:45:00
0
Sol is used to being top of the pile and he hasn't accepted age has caught up with him and he is no longer the force he was.
frattonaussie
07/03/2008 22:42:00
0
BLOODY FOUND HIS FORM TODAY!! THE MAN WAS IMMENSE!
pompey4me
08/03/2008 20:21:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...8th February

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 8th February.

Match highlights - Pompey 0-1 Orient

Disappointing as it was, you take the rough with the smooth and cannot gloss over things when they aren't so good so here goes with the 1-0 defeat Pompey suffered against Orient.

Simply not good enough!

Call me a moaner, call me a groaner but if you think the performance against Orient was good enough then I think you're wearing blue tinted specs as that was poor from Pompey.

On this day in history...7th February

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 7th February.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Profile
eastneydave
Profile
paultsmouth
Profile
Chix
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Orient MotM
Suggested By: VitalPompey
Fulton27%
Freeman6%
Burgess31%
Clarke0%
Stevens12%
Roberts6%
Doyle0%
Close0%
Bennett0%
Smith6%
McNulty0%
Sub - Evans0%
Sub - McGurk0%
Sub - Chaplin12%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Northampton 28 19 4 5 61 20
2 Plymouth 29 17 5 7 56 17
3 Oxford 27 14 9 4 51 19
4 Bristol Rovers 29 14 5 10 47 10
5 Mansfield 30 13 8 9 47 9
6 Leyton Orient 30 12 10 8 46 5
7 Portsmouth 28 11 12 5 45 20
8 Accrington 26 13 6 7 45 12
9 Cambridge 30 12 8 10 44 3
10 Wycombe 28 12 7 9 43 5
11 Wimbledon 28 11 9 8 42 7
12 Carlisle 26 11 9 6 42 5
13 Exeter 28 11 7 10 40 -1
14 Luton 30 10 8 12 38 1
15 Crawley 30 11 4 15 37 -13
16 Morecambe 30 10 6 14 36 -3
17 Notts County 27 10 6 11 36 -6
18 Barnet 28 9 6 13 33 -8
19 Stevenage 30 6 10 14 28 -15
20 Newport 28 6 9 13 27 -11
21 Yeovil 29 5 9 15 24 -14
22 Hartlepool 25 7 3 15 24 -18
23 Dag & Red 28 4 8 16 20 -21
24 York 28 4 8 16 20 -23
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Bristol Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Barnet (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Exeter City (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug33
2.Jimsmithswig18
3.FrattonBlue14
4.storagematt11
5.Pompeytim9
6.Copnor438
7.mslorna484
8.Emsworthianblue4
9.PompeyJake4
10.PFCblue3