Aston Villa recently brought in Joe Cole on a free transfer from West Ham United. The former England international has the capability to become a crucial player for Villa for the next few years. Still just 32 years old, the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder has a long time left in football. Paul Lambert managed to persuade Villa to offer Cole a two-year contract. He has played with little football in recent seasons due to injuries, but Cole appears to have put behind those problems.