Date: 4th August 2008 at 5:43pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Hull City’s worst fears: he won’t allow Frazier Campbell to return to the Tigers on loan. The Huddersfield-born striker will spend next season at Old Trafford.

Now, it’s good news, on one hand. Another talented young player looks set to receive the opportunity to step up the plate and prove his potential. And he’s got loads of it: pace, skill, eye for goal, everything.

But currently we have five strikers. Louis Saha’s departure is still not closer, as there are only vague rumours about Sunderland. We don’t know anything about Manucho who hasn’t been granted a work permit yet and there is Rooney and Tevez of course.

Could it mean that the Berbatov deal is off or that Fergie is not confident of landing the Bulgarian? The season is only a week away yet the squad’s only glaring weakness has not been adressed yet.

I’m not panicking though: this is the side that’s won a magical Double and there are no doubts about whether they are competent enough. The problem is that it’s clear we need a different type of striker to the ones we already possess. Saha should be great but with his injury record we can’t count on him. Manucho is an unkown quantity while Campbell, Rooney and Tevez are both quick little skilful players with very little aerial threat.

Berbatov would fit the bill perfectly and that’s nothing new to anyone, I’m sure. But does Campbell’s retaining mean we have given up on him? Or is it nothing else but an opportunity for a very talented young player? We’ll see.