Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern look devastated as it seems to have emerged that Ashley Cole has played his last game for the club.
The long serving left back may be a fairly hated figure for most football fans, but there is no denying the fact that Chelsea fans have loved him unconditionally.
Cole has been the model of consistency and even though he very rarely featured for the Blues this term, when he did we still think his performances were top notch.
Of course being ousted from the team by a young natural right back is not exactly something that will do a player’s confidence much good – not to mention make them want to stay at a club and pen a new deal.
Some of our punters think that it is Cole’s decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and others seem to believe Chelsea simply do not want to offer him a new deal. Either way, the former England international will not be short of offers.
It is not only Cole we have to think about, with Chelsea also now in need of a natural replacement at left back and here are five potential options for the Blues to pursue.