Harry Redknapp is quoted as saying today ‘I’ll be honest with you, if I wasn’t at Tottenham, if I was at any other Premier League cub, I would’ve took Sol Campbell.”
There is no doubt that Spurs fans feel strongly about the former Arsenal man and have every right to despise the defender for the decision he made in 2001, as well as the manner in which that decision itself was handled. However in purely footballing terms would such a signing have been a sound one?
Redknapp went on to say about the former England man, ‘I think he’s still a fantastic player. Anybody looking for a centre-half, I’d have took him without any problem at all because he’s still that good.
‘He’s still, in my opinion, [one of the] top six central defenders in the Premier League so, for Notts County to get him in that division is just incredible.’
Given that Sol displayed his ability just last term in the Premier League battling, successfully, to keep Portsmouth above the perforated relegation line and even at 34 he is still fighting fit and would of course have cost nothing.
So those are the pro’s, how about the cons? Well to sign the judas would of course in some way forgive him for his actions and that would of course be a big mistake. Whilst its true that the defender shouldn’t receive a torrent of abuse for his off field activities, he sure as hell deserves booing of the more ferocious nature for the way he jumped ship in the most cowardly of manners.
It seems crazy of the League Two club to splash out a reported £60k a week for a player and it would be a crazy sum for any side to consider for a player in the twilight of his career.
Notts County are welcome to him, just beware of what could happen if Nottingham Forest suddenly come into some money!