If media reports are to be believed then Joe Cole is on his way out of Anfield this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur apparently readying a £10 million bid for the forgotten man. In a business sense this would be a very good bit of import export for Liverpool, having signed the former Chelsea man on a free transfer, but the arrival of Joe Cole was dubbed one of the best signings of the transfer window, so what has happened to the England international whilst on Merseyside?
During Cole’s short spell at Anfield he has already seen two managers in charge, firstly Roy Hodgson and now Kenny Dalglish. For a new signing it is always hard when the manager who brings you to the team leaves relatively early into your career, but the fact of the matter is that even under Hodgson’s tenure Cole’s form was being criticised, with the former Fulham manager even commenting “He knows he is better than that and he knows he can do better than that”. Every footballer goes through blips in form, but ‘King Kenny’s’ arrival should have made Cole want to start fresh and give his all to impress; although this appears to have failed with the reported selling of the midfielder, so has Cole simply lost the desire to play or are there other issues?
Not playing is obviously not going to help anyone’s fitness, however, in the modern age of football where players have intense and specially designed diets, training programmes and routines, becoming overweight is not a plausible option (call me a hypocrite). But it has become apparent to even Stevie Wonder that Joe Cole has put on a few pounds, surely the former West Ham man hasn’t become the next Benni McCarthy, content to earn his weekly wage by warming the bench?
Ultimately Joe Cole will more than likely leave Anfield in the summer without ever showing fans why he was dubbed a child prodigy at West Ham and won Chelsea’s player of the year in 2008.
So why has Joe Cole failed to make the grade at Anfield?