He was nurtured by West Ham and secured a move to Chelsea where he was a first team player that helped his team to silverware. He was a bag of tricks that bamboozled countless defenders and was often touted as the answer to the problem of the England’s left flank.
In recent years he was plagued with injury problems such as foot and knee injuries. After recovering from a long standing knee injury Cole moved to Anfield on a free transfer, signing a four year deal, which at the time was considered a fine bit of business by the then manager Roy Hodgson.
A mixture of further injury and poor form restricted his appearances to just 20, scoring just three goals. Cole is a big earner at the club, reportedly earning £90,000 per week. With the signing of a whole host of new midfielders, Cole has seen himself fall down the pecking order hey Joe!
According to Sky Sports News, current french champions Lille are interested in signing Joe Cole and can offer him Champions League Football, so no need to feel too rejected then.