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Rookie Fraizer can't wait to play Harry's game

PUBLISHED: 11:12 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 07 September 2010

FRAIZER Campbell can t wait to impress new Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. And the 21-year-old striker, who made his Spurs debut as a substitute against Wisla Krakow in the Uefa Cup, is confident he can fire the Lilywhites up the table - if given the ch

FRAIZER Campbell can't wait to impress new Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

And the 21-year-old striker, who made his Spurs debut as a substitute against Wisla Krakow in the Uefa Cup, is confident he can fire the Lilywhites up the table - if given the chance.

Campbell, on a season-long loan from Manchester United as part of the Dimitar Berbatov transfer deal, had to be patient under former boss Juande Ramos, who was sacked late on Saturday night, along with sporting director Damien Comolli and coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez,

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 Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko.

But now with Redknapp installed in the managerial hot seat - and with Tottenham facing a glut of games in three competitions - Campbell is hoping to get the chance to show the new boss his worth in front of goal.

"I've settled in quickly here at the Lane," said Campbell, who was again among the substitutes for Sunday's welcome 2-0 league win over Bolton at the Lane.

"I'm getting to know the lads and they're getting to know me. I'm just waiting for another chance to show what I can do and make the most of the opportunities that come my way.

"The fans have been good to me so far. I try to add a spark when I play and I think they like that. Obviously, results could have been a lot better. When you look at the squad on paper it is very strong and we should be doing much better.

"But every team has a dip over the course of a season. Hopefully, this will be our only one.

"But this could have happened to us at the beginning, middle or end of the season but because it's come at the start, it has been highlighted that much more since people see us at the foot of the table."

For the Huddersfield-born Campbell, his loan spell at the Lane is another step along the way on his footballing education.

He came through the United Academy, impressing for the youth and reserve teams before spending the 2006-07 season on loan at Belgian second division outfit Royal Antwerp where he scored 21 times in 33 games.

"It was another good learning experience for me," he said. "The standard was similar to League One over here, but I was only 18 when I went and it was my first time living away from home.

"On the pitch I did OK, I was top scorer in the league but was injured for the play-offs and we just missed out on promotion."

Then, on his return to Old Trafford, Campbell found himself on the bench for the Manchester derby at Eastlands and made his senior debut in the second half.

But with the number of world class strikers Sir Alex Ferguson has at his disposal, he was sent out on loan to the Tigers where he made quite an impression.

Indeed, Hull City were bitterly disappointed at not being able to make the deal permanent this season.

Yet, there is no doubt that Campbell is still well regarded at United - he started the champions' first game of the season against Newcastle but then found himself used as an enticement in the frantic late deal that saw Berbatov finally sign for £30.75million on the deadline transfer night.

Campbell has also shown he can score goals - he grabbed 15 in 34 matches to help the Tigers to promotion last season - and with Pavlyuchenko being ineligible in Europe there is every chance the rookie striker will get his chance sooner rather than later.

pat.mooney@hamhigh.co.uk

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