Arsenal fans will be excited to see their young forward Joel Campbell do so well at the World Cup with Costa Rica. He terrorised the defences of Italy and Uruguay, before producing a quieter performance against England in the last group game.
The youngster who celebrates his 22nd birthday tomorrow has shown just what he can do against top opposition at the World Cup. His pace and power are two attributes that should serve him well in the Premier League, if as expected the Gunners give him a chance in the first team next season.
Due to work permit issues Campbell has been loaned out for the past three seasons, having spent time in France with Lorient, Spain with Real Betis and last season Greece with Olympiakos.
He failed to impress on a consistent basis at Betis or Lorient, but made a big mark with the Greek side, especially with a superb Champions League goal against Manchester United.
Campbell’s performances at the World Cup may just mean he will be spared another loan spell and allowed to continue his development in and around the Gunners first team.
The Costa Rican star is versatile. He can play as a central striker, but can also play on either wing. The bit about him playing on the wing is not likely to be of that much interest to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, as he has a number of options available for those positions.
However, the fact that he has produced such good form as a central striker will give the veteran French boss some food for thought ahead of next season
It is far too early to say that Joel Campbell is the answer to Arsenal’s striker shortage. The Gunners look determined to bring in a top-class striker this summer, so Campbell may well be left kicking his heels on the Gunners bench, which would be a waste of potential.
Joel Campbell is still a very raw player. He is definitely a player that has potential to become much better, but he needs to improve certain aspects of his game. His scoring record was poor over his three seasons on-loan and will have to improve if he’s going to make it at Arsenal.
Despite Campbell being raw, the World Cup has given him the opportunity to showcase his talents and he has taken it with both hands.
His Costa Rica side are long shots to win the World Cup at 50/1, but the longer the Central American country stay in the tournament, the more chances Joel Campbell has of cementing a place in Arsenal’s first team squad for next season.
If he continues to produce good performances then Arsene Wenger will have little choice but to give the forward a first team chance.
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