According to reports in today’s Mirror, Fraizer Campbell is desperate to stay and fight for his place at Palace after recent speculation had linked him with a move to QPR.
The former Manchester United academy man only arrived at Selhurst Park last summer, leaving recently relegated Cardiff City for another crack at the Premier League, but after a start to the campaign which has seen him score just three goals, there were some suggestions that another change of scenery may have been on the cards.
After Alan Pardew stated that Campbell “was never going anywhere” when asked directly about the rumours on Thursday, the recent stories claiming that Palace were considering using him as a makeweight to bring in Jordon Mutch were proved to be wide of the mark, with the striker instead now set to battle it out with five competitors for a starting place at the head of the side.
Although lacking the coolness in front of goal displayed by the likes of Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh, Campbell is a real grafter, happy to pull defenders all over the field in the hope of pouncing on an unexpected mistake or misplaced pass. Whilst perhaps unlikely to be trusted at the head of the side over the next few weeks, his performance against Southampton last weekend highlighted his best attributes, with hard work contributing to arguably his best performance of the season so far.
There is no harm in having a few players of Campbell’s ilk around the squad, with a fierce competition for places always conducive to a winning mentality at the top level. Given his desire to stay and fight for a place in the side, everything points towards a group whose collective spirit is as strong as ever, which certainly bodes well for the tricky weeks and months ahead of us.