Adam Campbell looks set to be handed a chance to impress in the friendly match against Cardiff this afternoon.
You would be hard pushed to deny a player who has scored goals so freely at youth and reserve levels a chance in the first team and I hope, as a local lad, he takes the chance with both hands and manages to force his way up our striking pecking order.
However I can’t help but feel that his inclusion signals the end of our striker hunt. Maybe I’m just being paranoid and perhaps Campbell would, and probably should to be fair, get some first team game time in a match that doesn’t have a lot resting on it anyway, but what if this is not only Campbell’s chance to impress but also Alan Pardew’s chance to see if he can get by with what he has up front, at least until January anyway?
Maybe it’s a bit of both. Campbell deserves a chance at the end of the day and if he can show that he can contribute then it’s all well and good, but if he does show he can contribute will it mean our hunt for a striker to bolster our ranks has come to an end?
I have no issue with Campbell taking, say, Leon Best’s place in the squad for example. Best was a squad player who came in when called upon and it will be great experience for Campbell if he found himself cast in that role, but if that is to be the case then we need another striker through the door. If injuries hit us and we lose Cisse and Ba or if they somehow qualify for ACoN we’ll be pretty screwed with Campbell and Shola Ameobi as our only two strikers. It’s a lot to ask of the lad.
One way around it is to look for a player with potential who could do a job now and that doesn’t cost the earth. I’m thinking someone like Jordan Rhodes who wouldn’t come cheap exactly but would cost less than the reported bids we’ve made for Luuk de Jong and wouldn’t command a wage of an Andy Carroll for example.
Maybe I’m just reading far too much about it. Mind you, I am a bit of a worrier at times…
Best of luck to Adam Campbell and may he take his chance this afternoon with both hands!