Should Joe Cole start to regret Liverpool move?

by Marc Sibbons

Monday, November 29th, 2010

After 13 appearances and only one strike to his name, Joe Cole has certainly not made the kind of impact we all know he is capable of since joining Liverpool last summer. When Cole announced that he wasn’t going to sign a new contract at Chelsea, a mass flurry of clubs were interested in the England International’s signature where he eventually made the move up north on a free transfer.

Value for money? Heck yes. Cole proved during his seven seasons at Stamford Bridge that he is one of the most gifted young midfielders in the country, establishing himself in the national side, and a firm fans favourite. A player surely worth over £15m when Chelsea decided to release the former West Ham man.

Prior to his arrival at Merseyside in July, it was heavily speculated in the national press that Arsenal and Spurs were also pursuing Cole, offering him the chance to remain in London. Arsenal never firmed up their interest, but Spurs reportedly did hold negotiations with Cole, and were very close to confirming his signature according to Harry Redknapp.

So has his dream move come to fruition or is Cole beginning to scratch his head at his decision? Well, it certainly hasn’t been a great start to Cole’s career and Liverpool in general at this stage in the season thats for sure. Cole was sent off on his debut, has had niggling injuries, and has only managed one goal in his 13 appearances for the club whereas Liverpool have endured a miserable time under boss Roy Hodgson, occupying a lowly 10th place in the league and seeing key players under perform (Torres, Johnson, Cole)

Spurs of course went on to sign £8m Dutch international Rafael Van Der Vaart from Real Madrid as a back up option to missing out on Cole, where he has made a terrific start to his career in North London. He has scored 8 goals in 14 appearances, and has already became a fans favourite amongst the tottenham faithful with many pundits and fans alike  branding him the buy of the season. This could have been Cole had he chose to stay in London.

Spurs in comparison to Liverpool have had a memorable season thus far, beating European Champions Inter Milan, overcoming arch-rvials Arsenal for the first time in 17 years, and qualifying for the Champions League Knockout Stages in their debut season.

Although it is still fairly early stages in a long and gruelling season for both clubs, i think Tottenham can rightly feel that the Cole snub was a blessing in disguise by the arrival of Van Der Vaart and the huge impact he has shown so far. Cole on the other hand, needs to prove to the Liverpool fans that he is still one of the finest English midfielders in the league and echo calls by Kop legend Ian Rush this week that it is time for him to join the pantheon of Anfield greats and discard his ‘nearly man’ tag.

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  • steve mcauley

    or should liverpool be regretting the cole move?

  • alex

    better question is did liverpool regret signing hoe cole!!!

  • Marc Sibbons

    I dont think liverpool can regret signing Joe Cole. Surely its a no-brainer to sign the guy on a free transfer. Although he hasn’t hit the heights yet this season, he needs more time, as i said its a long ol’ season and he has been unlucky with injuries and suspension. I think its interesting to think he could of been in VDV’S place in the Spurs team this season, would Spurs and Cole been better off? who knows.

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