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Fraizer Lee Campbell (born 13 September 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Sunderland as a striker. He previously played for Manchester United and played for Tottenham Hotspur on loan in the 2008–09 season as part of the deal that sent Dimitar Berbatov the opposite way.

Career

Early career

Campbell signed for the Manchester United Academy on 1 July 2004, and made an immediate impact, scoring 14 goals in 22 starts for the Under-18s. His performances for the youth team also led to him playing five times for the Reserves, for whom he scored once. The following season, he made a further 13 appearances for the Under-18s, scoring nine goals, but his major impact came for the Reserves. Campbell was the Reserve team's joint second-top scorer with nine goals (behind Giuseppe Rossi, who scored 26 goals in 25 games), helping the team on their way to a Reserve Treble of Premier Reserve League, North/South Play-off Shield and Manchester Senior Cup.

In November 2005, Campbell was handed the number 51 shirt at Manchester United, and was named in the matchday squad for the FA Cup Third Round match against Burton Albion in January 2006. Campbell signed his first professional contract with the club on 22 March 2006, and on 9 May, he was named as a substitute for Roy Keane's testimonial match at Old Trafford, coming on as a 75th-minute replacement for Kieran Richardson. Later that summer, he scored his first goal for the club after he had come on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney in a friendly against Macclesfield Town.

Royal Antwerp

Campbell joined Manchester United's Belgian affiliate club, Royal Antwerp, for the duration of the 2006–07 season, where his goal-scoring success resulted in the fans giving him the nickname "Super Campbell". On 8 August 2007, Campbell scored a clever volley against Glentoran in a pre-season friendly, and on 19 August 2007, he was named on the bench for the Manchester derby against Manchester City. He came on in the 73rd minute for Michael Carrick to make his senior debut.

Hull City

Campbell enjoyed another productive loan spell in 2007–08, this time at Hull City in the Football League Championship. He initially joined City in October 2007 on loan until mid-January 2008, and scored twice on his home debut in a 3–0 victory over Barnsley. Following his match-winning display against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day 2007, in which he scored one goal and set up another, Hull expressed their interest in extending Campbell's loan until the end of the season. The loan extension was completed on 28 December 2007.

Campbell finished the season as Hull City's top scorer, with 15 goals. On 24 May 2008, he played in the Hull City team that achieved promotion to the top flight for the first time in their 104-year history, providing the assist for Dean Windass' goal in a 1–0 win over Bristol City in the Championship Playoff Final at Wembley Stadiummarker. He described the loan move as "the best move of my career", saying "This is exactly why I came out on loan", "It's like a fairytale really. You come away on loan and you never really know what to expect but we've done really well, both as a team and on a personal level".

Hull City expressed a strong desire to retain Campbell's services for the 2008–09 season. Hull chairman Paul Duffen had described Campbell as "too good for the Championship", but following their promotion Hull were hoping to secure either a permanent move or another season-long loan, depending on Manchester United's willingness to let him go. However, Campbell repeatedly expressed the desire to return to Old Trafford and try to break into the first team.

Manchester United

In July 2008, Campbell was selected to tour South Africa with the Manchester United first team, and scored the team's fourth goal in a 4–0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the 2008 Vodacom Challenge. He also scored the winning goal in Ole Gunnar Solskjær's testimonial match against Espanyol on 2 August. After the game, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson indicated that Campbell would remain at the club for the duration of the season, stating "Fraizer's future is here". On 17 August 2008, Campbell started alongside Wayne Rooney for the opening game of the season in a 1–1 draw against Newcastle United.

Tottenham Hotspur

On 1 September 2008, transfer deadline day, Hull City bid a club record fee of £7m for Campbell. However, he instead signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal, as part of the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United for £30.75 million. He made his Tottenham debut on 18 September 2008, coming on as a 56th-minute substitute for Aaron Lennon in a UEFA Cup first round first leg match against Wisła Kraków. Within 15 minutes of coming on, Campbell provided Darren Bent with the assist for the winning goal. Campbell scored his first two goals for Tottenham in a 4–2 victory over Liverpool in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, as well as setting up his strike partner, Roman Pavlyuchenko, for the game's opening goal. On 15 November 2008, Campbell scored his first ever Premier League goal late in a 2–1 defeat to Fulham.

In June 2009 Hull City returned with a £6m bid for Campbell, which was accepted by Manchester United. However, the striker said he would not decide on his future until completion of England's participation in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Sunderland

On 11 July 2009, Campbell signed a four-year contract with Sunderland after Manchester United had accepted a £3.5 million bid, potentially rising to £6 million, a few days earlier. Campbell scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot in a friendly against Peterborough United. He then went on to score his first competitive goal for the club, scoring the second in a 2-0 Carling cup victory over Birmingham City.

International career

During his loan spell at Hull, Campbell received his first call-up to the England Under-21 team, coming on as a substitute in a match against Poland on 25 March 2008. He scored his first international goal on 18 November 2008 in a 2–0 victory over the Czech Republic Under-21s, and opened the scoring in the second group game of the U-21s tournament, against Spain, in Sweden on 18 June 2009. He was sent off in the semi final vs Sweden for a wild lunge,

Career statistics

Updated on 1 December 2008.

Honours

Club

Manchester United


Hull City


References

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