Joel Campbell heading for Leicester City FC

By Sarad Bade Shrestha  |  November 16, 2014
Joel Campbell heading for Leicester City FC

After a magnificent campaign with Olympiakos last season followed by a brilliant World Cup in the summer with Costa Rica, Joel Campbell had been hailed as one of the best young strikers around in world football.

With Campbell showing such promise, many felt that Premier League side Arsenal had a gem on their hands and that the young man would be providing main striker Olivier Giroud a run for his money for a place in the starting eleven during the current campaign.

As it turned out though, Campbell has barely featured at all for Arsenal this season – making only two appearances in the league and what makes his exclusion even more baffling is the fact that Giroud has been ruled out for most of the campaign so far.

 CampbellCampbell is been frozen out at Arsenal

With the arrival of Danny Welbeck on deadline day, Campbell was pushed further down the pecking order and it seems that the young striker is only fourth choice at the club – even behind Yaya Sanogo.

As a result of his lack of regular first team action at Arsenal, it has been widely believed that Campbell is not happy at the Emirates and will make a move away from the club during the January transfer window.

It was recently reported that Inter Milan and Benfica are looking to end Campbell’s misery at the Emirates Stadium by signing him in January and now a shock name in the form of Leicester City has also emerged as a potential suitor for the young striker.

 Nigel Pearson1Nigel Pearson looking to lure Campbell to Leicester City

Following their fine start to the season, Leicester’s have endured a tough time recently and it is clear to see that the lack of goals is proving to be their Achilles Heel at the moment.

The Foxes have managed to score only 11 goals so far this season and 5 of them came in one match – against Manchester United. Therefore, manager Nigel Pearson is said to have put signing a new striker in January on top of his priority list and has identified Campbell as a realistic option.

Pearson is hopeful of landing the 22-year old on loan till the end of the season and will be willing to contribute 100% towards’ the young strikers’ wages.

While Arsenal may well accept such an offer, the stumbling block in the potential deal will most certainly be whether Campbell would want to join Leicester amid growing interest from prestigious names such as Inter Milan and Benfica.

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