As the two teams met in an FA Cup tie that ended 2-2 at Upton Park, Rio watched on from the subs bench to witness former Hammers teammate Cole complete his comeback debut for the Irons.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, as reported by Sky Sports, Rio acknowledged that “Joe did well.”
Going onto elaborate on Cole’s performance, Rio said that with “Two quality crosses from him and two goals” on his debut, the player would have made the home supporters extremely “happy.”
“I hope the move works out for him. Joe’s been plagued with a lot of injuries over the last few years. It’s been a bit stop-start for him in recent seasons. It will be good for him and West Ham if he can now play regularly and stay injury-free.”
Replying to questions relating to Cole’s return to the Hammers, and providing a subtle insight into his own thoughts about returning to his old club, Ferdinand stated that “Everyone is an individual and you never know how these things will work out until you try. He’s come back to West Ham after a few years and good luck to him.
“Joe looked good and it was a tough cup tie. That’s what you expect when you go to West Ham though. It was nothing different to what we anticipated.”
Whether Ferdinand will move back to Upton Park still remains to be seen.