England Under-21 striker Fraizer Campbell came to Tottenham on loan for the 2008-09 season as part of the deal which took Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford on the final day of the summer transfer window.
A pacy and energetic forward, his raw speed impressed in a loan spell at Hull City for a whole season, where he scored the goals that took the club to the 2008 play-off finals. Arriving at Spurs, who only had Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren bent to start the season, Campbell was kept in reserve to cover for injuries and to play when one of the others needed a rest. He showed good willing and his turn of speed troubled defenders, but sometimes, his lack of experience often took him into positions where he failed to show the composure to finish what he had created.
At the end of the season, he was back at Old Trafford, but not for long, as he was Steve Bruce's first signing as Sunderland manager costing him £3.5 million, with conditions, which could make the final fee £6 million. Hit by injury, he struggled for a regular start at the Stadium of Light and in the January 2013 transfer window, he moved onto promotion chasing Cardiff City.