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Arguably one of Zola’s great successes at Upton Park

Football FanCast columnist
Lewis Doe believes that the transformation of Carlton Cole should be
considered as one of Zola's great successes.

Carlton Cole has come a long
way from the days where he graced the pitch as a Chelsea forward, looking tall
and strong with energy and pace but without the deadly touch and killer
instinct that all strikers need.

It has taken a long time to get
there and plenty of managers have tried to unlock Cole's raw talent. It appears
that Zola has finally succeeded, where they have all previously failed and as
well as being West Ham's main man upfront, he now finds himself on the fringes
of the England team and although the Italian refuses to take credit for the transformation,
I doubt there are many Hammers fans who would disagree.

Zola said: "Carlton is very
humble and sometimes he's too quiet. He just needed to realise how good he was
– perhaps he didn't know,

"He didn't realise what he
was capable of and so we try to speak to him every week showing what he was
doing and what he was good at. We try to look after him in every aspect of his
game and his mental approach. People try to give me credit but actually it's
all down to him."
(Sky Sports)

Confidence is every thing in
football and if a player lets his mental game get the better of him then it can
be disastrous. Zola had a very long club and international career and would
have been in situations that Cole is yet to experience, therefore his knowledge
will be invaluable to him in order to assist his progression as a footballer.

In the
twelve months that they have worked together Cole's game has changed beyond
recognition and he has become one of the country's top marksmen and will only
improve further under Zola's stewardship. The little Italian can be modest and
claim it is all down to the player, but I am sure if you asked Cole, he would
beg to differ.

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