Despite QPR having been keen on taking Fraizer Campbell away from Selhurst Park as part of deal which would see Jordon Mutch heading in the other direction, the Daily Mail are reporting that the Palace hierarchy are “reluctant” to let the former Manchester United academy graduate leave.
Campbell, 27, has only managed three goals in 17 appearances for the Eagles since making the move in the summer, but after an impressive performance in last weekend’s 3-2 win over Southampton, it seems that Alan Pardew isn’t too enamoured by the idea of letting him go as a makeweight for Mutch’s arrival.
Many had suggested that with Palace on the hunt for a new striker, one of the current crop would be forced out of the door, with Campbell looking to be the most likely casualty, but ahead on the closure of the transfer window, it looks likely that the former Cardiff man won’t be moving on, regardless of the supposedly imminent arrival of Shola Ameobi on a free transfer.
Whilst hardly prolific, Campbell’s work-rate has never been in question, leading to the assumption that, if partnered with a better finisher, he could still be of regular use to Alan Pardew as he attempts to juggle the squad prior to the final few crucial months of the season.
Apparently happy to make appearances from the substitute’s bench as things stand, we could well begin February with six out-and-out strikers in the squad, hopefully providing more than enough firepower to ensure our Premier League survival for another year, should injuries not become an unwelcome issue between now and May.
Having only signed Campbell in August, it would have been something of a disappointment to see him move on so quickly, regardless of the fact that he isn’t exactly a regular starter at the time of writing. Every successful team needs a grafter or two, in Fraizer, we definitely have that.
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