On June of 2014, Joe Cole made a move from West Ham United to Aston Villa as the player decided to have his salary slashed down but it didn’t matter to Cole as he just wanted to continue performing in the Premier League and prove his critics as well as himself that his playing career was far from over.
Joe Cole says that Aston Villa players lost confidence in their Manager
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has dismissed suggestions that the Aston Villa players have lost their faith in manager Paul Lambert after the club succumbed to yet another defeat in the league.
Joe Cole Injury latest problem with Aston Villa
Aston Villa’s injury problems appear to be mounting after midfielder Joe Cole became the latest addition.
The former Chelsea and Liverpool man is expected to be out for around two weeks with a hamstring problem, which comes as a major headache for manager Paul Lambert. The December fixture list is the most hectic in the English schedule. Villa have matches against the likes of Manchester United and Sunderland coming up. It was only in the last few weeks that they showed renewed confidence. After suffering six consecutive losses, Villa are now unbeaten in the last five.
Arteta slams teammates
Mikel Arteta has slammed his teammates for losing possession so many times in the European Cup outing against Borussia Dortmund the previous week.
The Gunners went down by 2-0 in that away match and were pushed to the last position in their group.
It’s still possible for them though to move forward to the pre quarter final round as the other two teams in their group i.e. Galatasaray and Anderlecht should not pose too many problems for them.
But, according to Arteta, his team is not going to lift the title playing this way.
Villa Brings Cole To Table
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.
Cole Expects West Ham Leave
Former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has stated that he expects to leave West Ham at the end of the season. The 32-year-old is out of contract in a few months’ time and there has been no progress in that sense to keep him at the club. Cole returned to West Ham in January 2013 on an 18 month contract. However, he has rarely featured for the first-team partly because he does not fall into the plans of manager Sam Allardyce. As one of the creative members of the team, Cole has been snubbed for more physical players who can play the long ball type of football.
Joe Cole might make a substitute appearance in West Ham United’s next match against Norwich City which is going to be played on Tuesday. The veteran winger had been out due to groin injury.
Cole’s comeback would have surely made the Hammers management happy. He is one of the tried and tested guys in the squad and is very reliable. He provides stability to the West Ham line up.
Apart from him, there is one more guy whom Sam Allardyce has included into his squad for that Norwich game. It’s Mohamed Diame who had been struggling with his knee injury.
TIME TO GO
The head coach of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers believes that it was the right move for Joe Cole to make as he made a switch to West Ham last season.
“It was difficult for Joe here because he was littered with injuries,” Rodgers said.
“The way things went for him in his first game getting sent off – was a signal of how things were going to go for him here. He’s a good player but at this stage of his career he wanted to go and play regularly. West Ham was maybe his best opportunity to do that.”
Joe Cole thinks England can win World Cup
West Ham United player and former England midfielder Joe Cole believes that his country are genuine contenders to win the title next summer and he believes the Three Lions can definitely win the tournament.
According to the former Liverpool player, England has a team that really excites him and this team can lead the country to glory after almost sixty years since their first and so far, only triumph. The 31 year old has 56 caps to his name and has also admitted that he still hasn’t given up hope of breaking into Roy Hodgson’s side for next summer’s tournament.
Joe Cole says Carroll can be new Drogba
It wasn’t too long back when almost everybody had written off everybody had written of England striker Andy Carroll after his ill fated and highly unsuccessful switch from Newcastle United to Liverpool.