Will Ipswich Be Able To Keep Their On-Form Striker?
“He scores when he wants” has been the chant at Portman Road for a while now and of course those chants have been rightly aimed at in form striker DJ Campbell.
I must admit, at first I was skeptical as to whether he would be the right man for the club. After all, it is usually hard work and grit that gets you away from the relegation zone and Campbell is not a player that I thought had these qualities. However it has been a pleasant surprise to see the man on loan from QPR work his socks off and score some crucial goals.
He has already become a bit of a fans favourite and it is safe to say that everyone at Ipswich would love to see him stay, but I find myself thinking; has Campbell done too well during his loan spell?
The problem with the striker doing so well is that he will have grabbed the attention of his parent club as well as any other clubs that have some cash to spare.
I guess another factor to think about is whether QPR would be happy to let him go and whether the player would be happy to go back to QPR. It seems clear that Campbell would love to go back to QPR if he has a chance of playing Premier League football and before Mark Hughes was sacked it looked certain that the player would be going back there for good. Now his future will depend on whether Harry Redknapp can offer him first team football.
Although QPR are struggling, their main problem is their defence rather than their front line so it seems likely that Redknapp will not be too bothered about letting the 31-year-old forward move on. The London club will no doubt splash the cash on a number of high profile signings in January too so I cannot see Campbell being high up in the pecking order there for very long.
That suggests that Ipswich will have a good chance of keeping him but many other Championship clubs will be relishing the chance to snap up the former Blackpool man.
Unfortunately, if history is anything to go by then the Tractor Boys have very little chance of securing his signature. Over the last few seasons the club has missed out on almost every one of their preferred transfer targets. This summer we saw Sam Baldock and Tomasz Kuszczak chose to move to smaller Championship sides rather than joining Ipswich, but hopefully the same thing will not happen again.
It may not be much to go on but Campbell looks happy at Ipswich and he has obviously fitted in well with the rest of the team. His body language suggests that he gets on well with his teammates and would be happy to stay put. Also, from his point of view it would make sense to join Ipswich because he knows that the team work well around him, whereas if he moved elsewhere he may not have the same success.
It would be a shame if Ipswich did not sign Campbell as he is a brilliant poacher at Championship level and will always provide at least 15 goals a season. QPR may demand a fairly high fee for him and he may ask for a lot in terms of wages, but you cannot put a price on a consistent goalscorer.