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Joe Cole – He’s no Gareth Bale


By Mark Ritson.

Immediately after news broke of Joe Cole’s release from Chelsea, rumours began flying around that he’ll be going to Manchester Utd, Arsenal or…Tottenham. The England ace is a fantastic player, no doubt about it, and news of his release could spur the former West Ham man to produce another eye-catching display at the World Cup. But if he goes to Tottenham and links up with Harry Redknapp again, can they offer him a starting place?

Now, before you question my judgement, think about where Joe Cole plays. He has been seen as a left or right winger, or someone can play in behind a lone striker throughout his career so far. Harry likes two proper forwards in his starting XI sides, especially with four top class strikers already at the club, so that doesn’t guarantee Cole a place.

Then you look at both wings. On the right side, you have Aaron Lennon and on the left side you have either Niko Kranjcar or Gareth Bale. You just can’t see Cole replacing Lennon on the right. Since Christmas, we all saw a brand new Gareth Bale. He was involved in a number of chances, scoring goals and was rewarded with a new contract. He was even seen as a target for all of the top clubs around Europe. However, if he hadn’t have produced those performances after Christmas, then yes, Joe Cole is a player that Tottenham would have needed, without question.

Despite the lure of Champions League football, they DON’T need him. Bale has made the left wing position his own and it’ll be interesting to see if he can carry on his devastating from last season against some of the best sides in Europe. Of course, all clubs look to acquire better players once they reach the next level, so it shall be interesting to see which players Harry Redknapp stays loyal to.

With Lennon and Bale guaranteed starting places on either wing and seen as good enough to step up to Champions League football, the only real area of improvement would be in the centre of midfield. But, Cole does not play there, meaning that Harry could only use him on a squad rotation. Cole was fed up with playing that role at Chelsea last season and wants first team football, leaving many to predict his move to north London rivals Arsenal, a likely one.

He’s just had a baby with his wife, is settled in London and has always played in London, so it would be a surprise to see him go north to Manchester Utd, or even Manchester City. Which ever team gets him, they’ll be sure to have acquired the services of a hungry, passionate and talented player – for free.

Which team is Joe Cole best suited to go to? Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Arsenal or Tottenham? Or could he surprise us all by moving abroad, possibly to Real Madrid to play under Jose Mourinho again?



  1. Liam

    June 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Joe Cole is all washed up.If he was any good Chelsea would have moved heaven and earth to keep him.Any pace he did have is gone and there’s
    never an end product after all his tricks.He comes up to the defender and plays the ball sideways or back.Carlo knew it,if he thought he was good enough he would have played and been kept.

  2. kyle

    June 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

    play bale at left back…… sorted

  3. Steve

    June 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

    In summary, what you are saying is that Joe Cole is not good enough to be guarenteed a starting place in the Spurs midfield. However he is good enought to be guarenteed a starting place in the ar5en1l midfield. The only conclusion is that Spurs have a strong squad of midfield player then the ar5e, especially if flabbyarse leaves. lol

  4. George

    June 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Can’t see getting into Spurs starting line up? Have a word he would walk into Spurs team as he is a far superior player than all the current wingers and 2 of the 4 strikers. He has been playing champions league all his career. Of course spurs could fit in a player of his quality and he would definately improve the team. Anyway it’s irrelevant as Spurs won’t pay £100k a week.

  5. JonnyArdiles

    June 11, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Wrong…. sorry but when will people understand that you need an amazing squad to achieve what we did last season or better i do understand what you trying to say but sorry Joe Cole would be an excellent signing and would play at least 30-35 games in a season as well as champion league football (we could have potentially 55-60 games next season).

  6. camerons

    June 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

    i hardly think we have 4 top class strikers. This year we must sell pav and keane, and in my opinion, buy a goal machine like huntelaar, falcao or dzeko, and then a player for the future, conna wickham.

  7. Tom

    June 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I think Cole could be a very important signing for us actually, Harry has said that he sees Bale as an attacking left back so I would expect him to play there next season and Cole would be a great player to have ahead of him as he cuts in and attacks the goal leaving space for Bale to bomb into down the wing? Modric looks to be more settled in central Midfield so Kranjcar and Cole can fight for the LW position which means we have two quality player competing and a better squad as a result?

  8. Sean

    June 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

    The last time I looked, Gareth Bale was a left-back, who can also play on the wing.
    Consistently, incuding after the end of the season, Mr. Redknapp has stated that he sees Gareth Bale as a left-back, and sees his future there.

  9. Tottenham

    June 11, 2010 at 11:42 am

    This is quite remarkable. Joe Cole is the most talented player England have produced in the last 10 years. For a club such as Tottenham to be even contemplating turning down the chance to sign is amazing. Joe Cole is the sort of calibre of player needed if Spurs are going to make the leap of competing in the Champions League.

  10. Mike

    June 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Joe Cole is definitely the English talisman Arsenal lacks and his type of game is suited for the Gunners.
    His fight spirit is exactly the missing piec in Wenger’s puzzle.. with Cole Cesc and Van Persie..The Gunners will be very hard to stop ..Joe COLE GO to the Arsenal you will find everything you need .. big up

  11. Liam

    June 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Garth Bale at left back,anyone remember the Nani
    goal at Old Trafford.Bale just fell asleep and lost the Nani run and the game was lost.

  12. Gunner38

    June 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    How can u compare Joe Cole to Gareth Bale! Joe Coles a legend and one of most skillful players to come out of England in the last 10 years! and i hope he signs for Arsenal, he’ll bring back silverware with beautiful football again at Arsenal! Gareth Bale had a few good games this season, at the end of the day, just a another over hyped spurs player! Sums up shitty spurs this season and every season, overhyped crap!

  13. oldun

    June 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Sad to see Gunner38 drag the coomments down to an infantile level. From the lack of ability to write in English and compose a coherent sentence I poresume,like his team, English is not his first language. The 38 is obviously his inflated idea opf his IQ. Must be a real embarrassment to grown up Arsenal fans. Cole is not a legend according to my Chelsea supporting friends but merely a good individual. It seems that his greed is matched by Ancellotti’s view that he is expendable. Shame Ancellotti appears to lack the expertise and experience when compared to Gunner38’s superior judgement. What a plonker!!!

  14. Darbinho

    June 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Bale is seen primarily as a left back. Also Spurs may play 4-5-1 with someone behind a main striker next season so Cole would fit in there as well.

  15. DD

    June 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Shame our over-hyped players screwed your season up, with a second goal from Bale. Enjoying the world cup thought not, who the hell would Cole speak to in the dressing room anyhow? There is more English spoken in the Monaco changing room than in yours.

  16. Daniel Egan

    June 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Joe Cole is too good for Spurs. Big games, big goals from Cole, all through his career. You cannot compare him to Bale having only one season. Cole was injured this season and didn’t get enough time on the pitch later on in the season, probably to do with the contract talks.
    He is the most skillful player England have and can unlock any defence with his passing and dribbling.
    He is a central player. He has just played out wide to accomadate others (like Gerrard has).
    He should now come out and say he will not play for a team where he has to accomadate others and play in his preferred position. Nor will he be a scapegoat for when the team are not playing well and just be subbed (Mourinho). He needs to go to a club on his terms so he can prove he is one of the best players around.
    These are going to be the best 3 years of his career to come and also for the team he joins.

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