Rookie Fraizer is ready to take his chance for Spurs
BY PAT MOONEY FRAIZER Campbell now knows that new Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is a man of his word. When the former Portsmouth manager took over from the sacked Juande Ramos three weeks ago he took Campbell to one side and told the rookie striker he would get his ch
FRAIZER Campbell now knows that new Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is a man of his word.
When the former Portsmouth manager took over from the sacked Juande Ramos three weeks ago he took Campbell to one side and told the rookie striker he would get his chance.
Campbell, on a season-long loan from Manchester United, made his first start under Redknapp in last last week's Carling Cup win over Liverpool and responded with two goals in the 4-2 win at the Lane.
Although the 21-year-old was back among the substitutes at Fulham on Saturday, he came off the bench to score Tottenham's goal in the 2-1 league defeat - the Lilywhites' first reverse in seven games under Redknapp.
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"Hopefully, I have given the boss something to think about, "Campbell told Ham&High Sport. "Hopefully, now that I have scored a few goals I can get a few more appearances. When you get your chance you have to try to take it."
Although the England Under-21 international made his Premier League debut against Hull City, he found himself back on the bench as Ramos opted for Darren Bent or Roman Pavlyuchenko.
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But Redknapp showed on Saturday he was not afraid to change tactics, or personnel, switching from a five-man midfield to two strikers up front.
First, he brought Pavlyuchenko on to partner Bent at half-time and when that failed to work he substituted Bent for Campbell.
"Harry has been telling me I will get my chance and he has stuck to his word," said Campbell. He has given me that chance in the last two games.
Campbell says Redknapp has made all the players believe in themselves once more. "Harry has brought confidence to the table," he said. "A lot of players' heads were down and he has come in and stoked their egos a little bit - and everyone's responded.
"The manager has put confidence into all the players. Every single squad player has got confidence in themselves and the belief that we are better than where we are in the league.
"But football is strange. One week you can be down in the dumps, the next you can be full of confidence. Once, you've won a game you believe in yourself."
And confidence is something that Campbell is not short of. He spent last season on loan at Hull City and scored 15 goals in 34 matches to help the Tigers to promotion.
Indeed, City boss Phil Brown was bitterly disappointed at not being able to make the deal permanent this season.
"I played in the Championship last year and have come down here to play in the Premier League with Spurs," said Campbell. "So far it has been great and I have enjoyed every minute of it. All three strikers are getting on well in training. But it is just not the forwards, it is the whole squad."
Now, Campbell just wants to help Tottenham move up the league table and carve out another success in the Carling Cup in which Tottenham have been drawn away to Watford in the last eight next month.
And the Huddersfield-born striker believes the Lilywhites, despite their lowly league position, can retain the trophy.
"We are in the quarter-finals already," he said. "The confidence is high and I would not bet against us winning it again."