Huddersfield Town completed the signing of free agent striker Fraizer Campbell yesterday.
The 31-year-old was available on a free transfer after he was released by Hull City this summer.
Campbell scored twelve goals in 39 appearances for Hull in the Championship last season, but he was unable to convince the club to offer him a new contract.
The centre-forward has signed a two-year deal with Huddersfield, although the club have the option of a further year.
In the latest FLW Six Pointer, we discuss Campbell signing for Huddersfield in more detail…
First of all, can you see this being a good signing for Huddersfield?
“I think this could be a decent signing for Huddersfield on a free transfer. Campbell is a good player and he scored twelve goals for Hull in the Championship last season – his most productive season for over a decade.
“The striker has got plenty of experience in the Championship too, so he’ll be a useful player for Jan Siewert to have in his squad.
“His goal record over the past few years hasn’t been that impressive though, so this signing has got to be considered a little bit of a risk for Huddersfield.
“The fact that it’s a free transfer though means it’s a risk worth taking in my opinion.”
Can you see this being a good move for Campbell?
“Absolutely. Campbell was born and raised in Huddersfield, and still has family roots in West Yorkshire, so there should be an instant connection between him and the supporters.
“He works hard on the pitch and if he can score a few goals too, I can see him becoming a fans’ favourite at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“It’s fair to say that Campbell is past his prime as a striker but he’s way too good to be dropping down into League One, so moving to Huddersfield allows him to stay in the Championship.”
How do you think Huddersfield fans will feel about this signing?
“I think this is a signing that Huddersfield fans can really get behind and the majority of supporters seem to have reacted positively so far.
“Campbell was born and raised in Huddersfield, so I can see this signing going down very well with supporters.
“I’m sure there will be some fans who will look at his goal record over the past ten years and say that he’s no longer good enough to succeed a this level, but the fact that he scored twelve goals in the Championship last season proves that he’s still capable of making an impact.”
Do you think Hull will regret letting him go?
“Possibly. I think that will depend on how well Campbell does for Huddersfield this season.
“Hull have also signed Tom Eaves on a free transfer and I think he will turn out to be a good replacement for Campbell.
“However, a lot of Hull fans are disappointed that the club have let a player who scored twelve goals last season leave on a free transfer.
“Campbell seemed quite happy to remain at Hull too, so you’ve got to question why the club didn’t offer him a new contract? It doesn’t make a lot of sense.
“If Campbell goes on to score more than ten goals for Huddersfield in the Championship this season, then there’s every chance that Hull will regret letting him leave.”
Where will Campbell sit in the pecking order at Huddersfield?
“Huddersfield will be hoping to challenge for promotion from the Championship this season and having an experienced striker in their squad like Campbell will certainly help.
“Siewert wouldn’t have signed him if he didn’t think he could add more quality to the team, but Huddersfield have got some very good attacking players and Campbell’s goal record over the past ten years hasn’t been that impressive.
“I can’t see him starting too many games for the Terriers this season ahead of the likes of Karlan Grant or Elias Kachunga if I’m honest, but he’s still a good player and will be a useful option for Siewert to call upon from the bench.”
How well do you think Campbell will do for Huddersfield this season?
“Campbell is an experienced striker and he scored goals in the Championship last season – so he’s definitely still capable making an impact at this level.
“How well he does this season will obviously depend on how much football he plays, but I think he’s got what it takes to make an impact for Huddersfield this season and I’m expecting him to score a few goals too.
“He could turn out to be a smart signing for the Terriers on a free transfer.”