With news that Cole has signed for the Reds, subject to a medical, it has left me breathing a huge sigh of relief and thankful that common sense has finally prevailed. I know Harry thinks he is ‘triffic’ and some Spurs fans have equally shared their admiration for him, but the signing of Cole would have been one of the most pointless transfers we have undertaken.
Don’t get me wrong Joe Cole is a quality player, but the likes of Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Tom Huddlestone aren’t too shabby either and it is them that will ultimately have to make way if Cole was to arrive at the football club. I know clubs need big squads, but there is no way Cole would be committing himself, or would Levy be prepared to make him the club’s highest earner, so he can just sit on the bench or be a part of a rotating squad, which consists on top of the aforementioned trio of Sandro, Palacios, Lennon, Bentley, Jenas and of course the option of playing Gareth Bale in left midfield. I would have Luka Modric ahead of Cole on the left, or in central midfield, any day of the week and I am sure I am not alone with that view.
Another aspect which seemingly been ignored in this Joe Cole transfer talk this summer is that the player doesn’t possess the greatest injury record in the past few seasons. It says a lot that Chelsea would rather pay out £6m for Yossi Benayoun and give him a three year contract, rather than offer Cole (who is two years younger) the deal he wanted, given it would have probably amounted to the same figure.
According to reports our decision to pull out of the running was much to do with our unwillingness to match the bumper salary that is on offer for the player at Anfield. £90k a week is out of the pay scale at White Hart Lane and coupled with the fact he is likely to get regular first team football seems to make the move to the North West all the more appealing. From a professional level it seems the ideal move for a player who deserves the platform of regular football; something I fear he would never have got at the Lane, given the wealth of midfield talent we already have.
Are you sad to see us missing out on Joe Cole?