This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Huddersfield Town manager Jan Siewert will have been left with no doubt of the task ahead of him following relegation to the Championship last season, after a single point is all he has to show for the opening two matches of the season.
This form has prompted Siewert to sign free agent striker Fraizer Campbell on a two-year contract, after the 31-year-old had been without a club since his departure from Hull City at the end of last season, as confirmed on the club website.
Campbell was capped once by England while at Sunderland and lists Manchester United and Cardiff amongst his former clubs, in a career where he has scored 94 goals in 352 games.
So will Campbell prove a good signing for the Terriers?
“All things considered I think it is a smart move.
“No, it is not a signing that perhaps signals the club’s intent to push for promotion this season but, in the circumstances, I think it is a good signing.
“As things stood, the Terriers were heading into the season with Karlan Grant the only other attacking option who had proven themselves in the Championship or higher.
“Now, Jan Siewert has another choice. I cannot see Campbell starting regularly, but you can guarantee he will grab goals from the bench when called upon.”
“He’s a useful player to have in your ranks.
“The Terriers have found goals hard to come by in recent years, and it already looks as though Karlan Grant is going to need some support upfront if Huddersfield are to challenge in the Championship this season.
“In Campbell, they certainly have someone who can offer that support. The 31-year-old has been a proven and solid goalscorer at this level for many years now, so you do feel that he should be able to improve Huddersfield’s attacking prospects this season, while at his age, you feel he should still have several years competing at this level in the tank.
“With this transfer being completed on a free as well, it is unlikely to have affected the club too much financially, meaning this does look as though it could turn into a rather shrewd investment for Huddersfield.”
“This could turn out to be an inspired signing but there is concern, as he hasn’t had a great time in front of goal of late, nor does he offer Huddersfield a much different option to what they already have in attack.
“Campbell is a natural poacher but Karlan Grant and Steve Mounie are very similar players, and therefore it would be more suitable if Town brought in a striker who could hold the ball up and link play, and play a supporting role for a player like Grant.
“It is important to have variety in attack otherwise teams become predictable, which Huddersfield already are somewhat. On the other hand, if Campbell fails to impress he could find himself falling out of the division, so he should be determined to impress.
“A bonus is that this deal is low risk considering there is no transfer fee involved, and if he gets off to a good start then he could be a very good signing.”Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!