HOTSHOT DJ Campbell says he is loving every minute of this “dream season” after moving into the top ten of Premier League scorers.
The striker’s goal in Tuesday’s win over Tottenham was his ninth for the Seasiders in the top flight – as many as Tim Cahill and Johan Elmander and only one fewer than Robin van Persie, Rafael van der Vaart, Didier Drogba and £24m man Darren Bent.
It backs up Ian Holloway’s claim at the start of the campaign that Campbell would produce the goods at the highest level, and the man himself is delighted.
“I am absolutely loving every minute and hopefully I’m proving I can do OK in the top division,” said Campbell, who didn’t even play in the Football League until he was 24.
“It was always my dream to play in the Premier League and I am finally doing that on a regular basis.
“I had a chance at Birmingham but it didn’t quite work out as I would have liked.
“Now I’m a bit older, a bit wiser and more experienced, and trying to make the most of the second chance I’ve got.
“I just want to keep scoring as many goals as I can. I have a target for the season but I always keep that private.
“I’ll just keep doing my best in every game, score a few more goals and help the club stay up, which is the most important thing.”
Campbell played a major role against Spurs, winning the penalty from which Charlie Adam opened the scoring and then making it 2-0 himself.
Brett Ormerod, who also got in on the goalscoring act late on, believes Campbell should be a contender for Fabio Capello’s England.
“I think he deserves a chance as much as anyone,” said Ormerod. “He’s in real good form, he’s been scoring this season and he’s been brilliant for us. It would be nice for a Blackpool player to get an England cap. Why not?”
Campbell labelled the three points against Spurs as much-needed. The 29-year-old added: “It was brilliant to win because we’d been on a horrible run and hadn’t got a victory for six games, since Liverpool.
“We’ve probably not won as many as we’d have liked at home, so to do what we did against Spurs was brilliant.
“They have such quality players and came into the game on the back of a 1-0 win at the San Siro against AC Milan, so that sums up how well we did to get a result.
“It was a much-needed win because it pushes us away from the danger zone.
“It could be the victory that kickstarts our run towards retaining Premier League status, though it’s too early to say that for definite because on Saturday we’ve got another very tough game at Wolves.”