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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.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 7 2008

Time: 12:00PM

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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.
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07/03/2008 12:32:00

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.
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07/03/2008 12:43:00

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...
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07/03/2008 13:20:00

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.
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07/03/2008 13:52:00

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.
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07/03/2008 17:07:00

Well 'arry, lets hope he plays to his absoloute best tomorrow.
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07/03/2008 21:39:00

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.
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07/03/2008 21:45:00

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.
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