Frazier Campbell has an impressive scoring record for all the teams he’s played in, whether that’s our Under-18s, Royal Antwerp or Hull. He has bag-loads of pace and a natural eye to goal.
It was his goalscoring ability which helped elevate Hull City to the top flight for the first time in the club’s history, netting 15 times in 34 games for the tigers.
A fortnight ago, in preparation for the pre-season getting under way, I asked which of our youth team products had the best chance of making it in our first team. Chris Eagles, who had just 5% of the vote, has since left for Burnley, with Lee Martin the only player thought less of, collecting 4% of the vote.
Danny Simpson was the favourite to succeed, picking up 35% of the vote, after featuring several times for the first team last season, in both the league and Champions League. Frazier Campbell received 25% of the vote though, showing he has a lot of backing from our fans.
With players missing at the start of the season and no new striker yet bought, is this going to be Campbell’s opportunity to break in to the team?
Hull boss Phil Brown has rates Campbell highly, although has conceded there isn’t much chance of regaining the player’s services next season.
“Sir Alex has his business to do and until he conducts that I’m presuming Fraizer will be a United player this season,” Brown said today. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
Campbell scored his first goal of the pre-season in the Vodacom Challenge final against the Kazier Chiefs. He was just inside the box as he kicked the ball across the path of the keeper, with it finishing in the corner of the goal.
With Tottenham Hotspur determined in keeping us away from Dimitar Berbatov, United may be forced to go yet another summer without buying a replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy. If this is the case, Campbell will fancy his chances of getting a few starts and bench appearances to pad out our attack, particularly when Wayne Rooney picks up his seasonal injury!
Also, we are set to start the season without Cristiano Ronaldo, through injury, Nani, because of suspension, and Anderson who will be at the Olympics. This again should provide space in the team for Campbell to get an appearance or two.
Would you like to see Campbell getting first team action this season?