Phil Brown: Hull City is a perfect fit for Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell
FORMER Hull City manager Phil Brown believes Sunderland's Fraizer Campbell would kick-start his career by re-joining Hull City.
Campbell remains the Tigers' number one January transfer target despite coming off the subs' bench to score for the Black Cats in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, a bright spot in a campaign where he's been a largely peripheral figure.
An unused sub in Sunderland's 3-0 home win against Reading a week ago today, the 25-year-old has struggled to establish himself as a first choice regular under Martin O'Neill this season.
With just six months left on the deal which took him to the Stadium of Light, that has led to suggestions he may be set for a loan spell away from the North East.
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And Brown, who brought Campbell to the KC Stadium in the Tigers' promotion winning season of 2007-08, believes a return to City would benefit both parties.
"Fraizer rejoining Hull City would be a win-win situation all round," Brown told the Mail.
"It would be a great move for both Fraizer and the club.
"I was at the Stadium of Light last Tuesday night but unfortunately Fraizer didn't get on.
"He's had to make do with coming off the bench a lot this season which won't please him.
"I feel he needs to make an impact when he does come off the bench and then he should be ready to be a regular starter.
"I reckon half the teams in the Premier League would want a player like Fraizer Campbell when he's on top of his game.
"If he has to come down a division to do that, then so be it.
"I think it would be a wise move for both Fraizer and Hull City."
Brown knows Campbell better than most managers and got the best out of him, with his 15 goals helping the Tigers reach the top flight of English football for the first time in their history.
As someone who knows Campbell well, Brown says he just wants to play football and score goals – which is why a move to the Tigers could be just what he needs.
"Frazier just wants to score goals," Brown said.
"It would be a great fit because Fraizer is such an infectious person.
"His smile and manner in which he plays rubs off on everyone else.
"He doesn't have any baggage and just wants to enjoy himself in training and in games.
"Fraizer was a very important cog in our promotion-winning season."
Brown still keeps an eye out for City's results and believes Steve Bruce is well equipped to become the second manager after him to lead the Tigers into the top flight.
"They certainly have my hope behind them," Brown said.
"Hull City deserve a second crack at the Premier League.
"Steve is turning out to be a very good appointment. A lot of thought and imagination has gone into that decision and it is paying off.
"They are at the right place in the table at the right time and if they can stay there ahead of the run-in I think they will secure promotion."