Former Liverpool midfielder defies science

You’d be forgiven for forgetting that Joe Cole actually still plays football and you’d be forgiven further for not realising that the former England international is still in the Premier League.

There were a few raised eyebrows when Cole rocked up at Villa Park, however, clearly Paul Lambert felt he could still get something out of Joe with the promise of playing him in his favoured No.10.

As is tradition, Cole started his Aston Villa career with a spell on the sidelines. However, today, the former Liverpool, Chelsea, Lille and West Ham midfielder started Villa’s game against fellow clarets Burnley, and in fact gave Paul Lambert’s side the lead.

Prior to kick-off, Villa were sitting in 16th place, just two points above the relegation zone and two points above today’s opposition, therefore, if they can hold on to their lead given to them by Cole it will help ease the tension on Villa Park.