Is Judas returning to, erm, Jesus?
Have stranger things happened? This time I am unsure. Former England centre half Sol Campbell caused more than a few headlines earlier this season when he agreed to join Sven Goran Eriksson’s mega-rich Notts County. But after just one rather disappointing appearance in the 2-1 defeat at Morecambe, Campbell could be already finished with League Two football.
Apparently disappointed with his team-mates’ showing during the defeat, the ex-Arsenal, Tottenham and Portsmouth man has already seen enough.
The move itself was sensational; a player of Campbell’s stature playing in the bottom tier of the Football League is virtually unheard of, not to mention the alleged £40,000 per week wages. So, what has caused the Sol-Man’s turnaround? In any situation like this, the rumour mill goes into instant overdrive, and this time it could be even more sensational than his move to Meadow Lane.
Word has it that Harry Redknapp is trying to lure his former Portsmouth defender back to White Hart Lane. Despite being quoted earlier in the season as saying he would be unwilling to bring Campbell back to Spurs, mainly due to the controversy surrounding his move to arch rivals Arsenal, the Tottenham boss is still a big admirer. He described Campbell as being among “the top six central defenders in the Premier League”, going on to state that he’s “still a fantastic player”.
Spurs had started the season in great form, but back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea have knocked the gloss off a tad, and are currently in the midst of a defensive crisis. Long-term injuries to Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson have prevented them taking any part so far this season. To rub salt in the wound, Sunday’s London derby saw both Sebastien Bassong and the perennially crocked Ledley King withdrawn with injuries, leaving the North London club with virtually no genuine centre-halves to choose from.
The big question is, how would Spurs fans react to a return of their ‘turncoat’ former captain? Every visit to White Hart Lane has provided a very hostile response from the home fans. Abuse at last season’s match against Portsmouth led to arrests, and this was over seven years on from the infamous move to the Gunners.
Although only a rumour at the moment, this move could set even more tongues wagging in what is turning out to be a magnificently controversial season so far, and its only late September!