If Campbell signs today, we’re looking strong for depth at CB. With S.Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar and Campbell we have a group of players who will compete over the course of the season for their right to be in the starting line-up and this can only be healthy competition, this will make all of them want to work harder, put in as much effort as possible and try to cut any mistakes out of their game that may get them dropped.
We also have Perch who can cover at CB if needed and Kadar can also cover at LB if Enrique becomes injured or fatigued over the season.
After having two years in English football, I think Coloccini will now step up to the plate. His 1st season in the Prem, he did look slightly out of place, but he was in a team drained of confidence and a team that were leaking goals for fun, from not just bad defending, but overall bad team spirit, and play.
Last season, Coloccini was a fair shout for player of the season, he looked solid and made few errors.
His footballing skills are there for all to see, his control, composure and passing are all very good. What he does lack in is speed, but as Campbell showed us last season at Arsenal and Terry with Chelsea, you don’t need speed to be a good CB.
Some will say that Coloccini only did well because he was playing in the Championship last season, but he came up against some very physically tough players and did very well.
Even in the Premiership, he wont be playing against the likes of Torres, Rooney and Drogba in every game.
Kadar is not ready for a 1st team place yet, but is very decent backup, the lad seems to get better and better with each game I see him play, and he looks so confident out there as well, which is great to see in a player of his age.
He’s a no nonsense defender as well and very tough going into a tackle, he reminds me slightly of a Hungarian Nemanja Vidic (and no not just the way he looks when his heads shaved).
Williamson did well last season also, he’s good in the air and looks confident all the time.
Can he play in the Premier League?
I saw enough in him last season to suggest he can, but although he is tall, he does look quite light weight. But then he did look reasonably strong as well.
We’ll see this season if he can make the step up, but Pompey didn’t buy him when they were in the Premier League for no reason and neither did we.
We all know what S.Taylor can do, and we all know he will put in 110% every game. I feel very sorry for him at the moment, as injuries seem to be cursing him and all he wants to do is just play football for our club.
Hopefully he is back in a short space of time and can overcome his injury problems, and with Campbell working with him, I feel he will be brought along very well and turned into a very good CB and captain material.
We all know what Campbell can do as well, if not then just ask some Arsenal fans, he was superb last season, and hopefully we will see some of the same for us this season.
But if every CB is fit, we have a problem on our hands, who do we play together?
Personally while Taylor is out, it should be:
Campbell – Coloccini
But then when Taylor is back….?
Obviously we need to see how Coloccini gets on in the Prem, but if he plays well…?
I think S.Taylor is a really good RB, and although we have another two, I think he is the better one out of the three…so…
S.Taylor – Campbell – Coloccini – Enrique
That’s a great back line IMO.
And then for away games, you can change it around to make more cover for the back four…and to hit teams on the counter…
What’s your opinion??