Joe Cole’s future remains uncertain as Manchester United balked at the England midfielder’s high wage demands and it is believed that only Arsenal and Tottenham remain in the race to sign the Chelsea man on a free when his current deal expires.
Is Cole’s greed costing him?
It appears as though the Red Devils have distanced themselves for a move with Cole as he is demanding wages in the excess of £100k-a-week and the England man may have blown his chance to play at Old Trafford.
I’m a fan of Cole and it is with heavy heart that I am criticising him, but I am at a loss to think why thinks he warrants such a lucrative deal. It seems as though his own greed had already cost him his career at Stamford Bridge and to be honest after the past two seasons he has disappointed more than he has performed well and it would have been ridiculous to pay him more than players like Michael Essien. The offer Cole did receive from the club was more than generous at £90k-a-week and was rightly withdrawn in my opinion as he dragged his feet for far too long.
Cole has had his injury woes over the past few years too, so it may be a slight risk for a club to take a gamble on him and his wage demands.
There was an argument which suggested that Cole was unhappy to be on the sidelines for Chelsea and as he did not think he would feature in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans for next season. Cole struggled to get into the team ahead of Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou, so may want to leave the club in order to play first team football.
However, if reports are true and Cole is failing to agree terms with other clubs because he is sticking to his guns over the wages then it would suggest that it is his greed that is hurting his chances to find a new club.
On the other hand, Cole has a young family and may be unwilling to uproot from London where he is settled to move up north unless he receives the terms that he is after.
The midfielder is now 28-years-old and may feel that at his age he may feel as though he has at least one more big contract in him. Also, whoever decides to sign him will be getting a top quality player without having to pay out any transfer fee and could probably afford to improve his terms.
Cole’s focus for the meantime will be on the Three Lions’ World Cup campaign which is understandably delaying his decision over his future and like many other England fans I would like to see him get his chance in the England XI…perhaps he could earn that new deal with an impressive performance against a young Germany side which may even contain his replacement at Chelsea in Mesut Ozil.
What do the fans think about Joe Cole and his wage demands? Is he being greedy, or is he worth the money?