DAVID VAUGHAN is well aware of the potential threat posed by DJ Campbell – if he locks horns with his former Blackpool team-mate tonight.
Campbell has struggled to make an impression at Loftus Road after his summer move from the relegated Seasiders, making just one start for Neil Warnock’s side.
The 30-year-old has not been helped by missing a couple of months with a broken metatarsal, but he has only managed one goal for boyhood heroes QPR and missed a late sitter in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United.
But Sunderland midfielder Vaughan knows the Black Cats cannot take Campbell lightly if he features tonight after spending 18 months alongside the ex-Birmingham striker at Blackpool, where he notched 21 goals in 44 Championship and Premier League starts.
Vaughan told the Echo: “DJ is back on the bench after having his injury problems.
“But he’s a good striker and scored a lot of goals for us at Blackpool over the last few years.
“He did brilliantly for us last season and we perhaps haven’t got that 20-goal a season striker ourselves at the moment.”
Campbell has a penchant for scoring against Sunderland, memorably notching both goals in Brentford’s 2-1 FA Cup win over the Black Cats in a 2005/06.
He has managed just two starts sgainst the Wearsiders, notching twice on each occasion – most recently in Blackpool’s 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light last December.
Campbell also had two substitute outings for Birmingham against Sunderland, netting a last-gasp leveller in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Roy Keane’s promotion-bound Championship side in 2006/07.
Sunderland have struggled for goals themselves this season, but Vaughan believes the appointment of new boss Martin O’Neill has added renewed confidence to the Black Cats squad, despite suffering a first defeat of his reign at Spurs on Sunday.
“There’s more belief that we can cause teams problems and score some goals,” added Vaughan.
“We’ve got a bit more momentum about us and hopefully we can keep that going.
“The new manager has come in and he’s got his ideas, he wants us to win games and be a bit more clinical.
“The manager wasn’t too bad after the Tottenham game. He had a few things to say as you’d expect. But he just wants to do the best for the club.”