Date: 15th October 2012 at 1:16pm
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DJ Campbell has vowed to come back to Loftus Road a stronger player after his loan spell at Ipswich Town.

The self-professed QPR fan is on loan at Portman Road for three months – making an immediate impact by scoring against Cardiff City on his debut.

The journey to the top for the 30-year-old has hardly been typical, citing DHL and Yakult among his employers during a difficult non-league spell.

Having burst onto the scene with Yeading then Brentford, Campbell’s career has suffered more peaks and troughs than a run-away roller-coaster.

From youth team football at Aston Villa and QPR to non-league, back on the scene with the aforementioned Brentford before suffering a lapse at Birmingham and Leicester City respectively.

His career resurrected once more by Ian Holloway at Blackpool where he netted some important top flight goals – sparking a deal to take him full circle back to W12.

Sadly, change in management, injuries etc have all conspired against his progress, but now he’s back with a bang and netting a debut goal at Portman Road.

DJ’s appetite for goal makes him a very useful commodity, particularly at Championship level – which Holloway understands and Jewell will undoubtedly reap benefit from.

Campbell’s pre-season form was good for QPR, but was never really entertained by Mark Hughes as a potential 25-man squad member, which is a tad disappointing considering his lack of opportunity to date.

So the big question then, can DJ come back and contribute to the cause in January? – With Andrew Johnson injured and wide-spread spending due to be tempered, this is a very real possibility.

13 goals in 31 games for Blackpool nearly had them safe in the top flight and would certainly be most welcomed in a bid to forge a mid-table finish.

If it was a question of class then DJ has shown he can do it over the course of a season – will Mark Hughes relent on his initial thoughts and allow a place for Campbell?

A few more goals with the Tractor Boys wouldn’t harm the cause in the slightest…

 

2 Replies to “Can DJ Make The Difference?”

  • my initial thought has to be no, but that isn’t to say he isn’t a decent enough player. I wonder if he has to feel wanted and trusted by his manager and I cant see him feeling that after the way Hughes has dealt with him so far

  • He’s been very open and honest that he’d love to carry on playing for us. If Hughes has treated him badly, then DJ has been very honerable in saying nothing in that respect. I think he still has something to contribute, but in truth I can’t see Hughes giving him a way back in.

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