What Next For Joe Cole?

by Sean Farrell

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
 

Well, what an anti-climax that signing proved to be for all Liverpool fans. This time last year Cole was on his way to the World Cup, safe in the knowledge that he was wanted by several Premier League clubs, including Spurs, Arsenal, and Liverpool. As it happened Liverpool won the battle for the little man’s services. Reportedly offering a weekly wage closer to what Cole wanted than the other interested clubs.

It was a match made in heaven. Liverpool with a new steady and controlled English manager, and a new player who was going to bring a spark to a pretty one dimensional side. Whatsmore another Englishman, who at 28 was entering the ‘peak of his career’. Well that’s what the optimists thought.

From pretty much word go it was all down hill. Sent off in his first league game, swiftly followed by several indifferent performances in Europe, including a missed penalty in Anfield. Then came the injuries and the teams woeful form as a whole. Roy soon left and Kenny came in, but Cole’s appearances were still restricted to late jaunts as a substitute.

So is he going to be in Kenny’s plans for next season? It’s hard to imagine that he will. It would be nice to see Joe Cole regain his form of a few years ago and start playing well for club and country once more, but it currently seems more distant than West Ham winning the Premier League in two seasons time.

I suspect he will be sold for ‘an undisclosed fee’. But who will take him? Certainly none of the big boys. Would Harry and Spurs take a chance? I doubt it. Maybe QPR as a prem new boy would be a nice London home for him. That would mean a huge drop in salary which Joe may not be keen on. A loan move to West Ham may be the most realistic option. His boyhood club and a division where he could regain his confidence and perhaps even his England squad status.

Or maybe, just maybe Kenny will wave his magic wand and Cole will start playing and producing the goods for Liverpool. However given his rare appearances under Dalglish in 2011, I suspect he will be leaving very soon.

The other question is, what on earth happened him? Did he just lose confidence? Were the injuries he had at Chelsea so bad that they essentially ruined him as a top level player and creative force? Or was it something in his private life that had his head in such a mess that he was unable to dedicate himself to his profession? Perhaps he missed his London home and family? I don’t know, and I guess very few people really do.

So what do you think, is he finished or will he rise like a Phoenix from the flames?

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  • http://www.mysoccershoes.com Saeed Bapoo

    I think cole just had a bad season and he should probably get another year at liverpool to prove himself. Actually, even steven gerrard didnt do much season but you wont hear many people doubting him just yet. So I would like to see cole getting a full pre-season and decent game time until January atleast.

  • billy

    he should go back to West ham where he can shine.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    nah, Liverpool are better off without the pair of them, they’d get 20m for Gerrard and a packet of sausages for Cole

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