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West Ham’s Rumour Magnet, But Is He Any Good?

Ranieri's boy.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has had something of a resurgence the past 18 months.

Don Fabio Capello clearly quite likes him and West Ham’s Gianfranco Zola thinks he’s the bee’s knees. But is he any good?

I have to be honest, I actually think he is. Cole is very much a confidence player obviously but if you compare him to the likes of Emile Heskey, he does the same job but actually wear his boots on the right feet. His rise to prominence at West Ham in particular has supposedly caused interest in numerous Premiership sides including Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Whilst I do claim him to be a decent player, those rumours seem something out of a JK Rowling novel.

The West Ham marksman’s constant rumours are most likely down to West Ham’s dire financial situation. Particularly before Dave and Dave bought the club out. I can’t see him moving frankly. This season Cole has been in good form with 9 Premier League goals in 19 games. For a side struggling near the foot of the table, his goals are proving vitally important. Cole does have the ability to play out of his skin and have centre backs all over the place. One West Ham fan told me that on his day he could have the patented Didier Drogba ‘unplayable’ tag. Then sometimes he can vanish altogether.

Carlton Cole’s England World Cup prospects did take a hit last night though, much talk has been over whether Heskey or Cole should start for England as the battering ram to Rooney’s elegance. Peter Crouch last night threw the gauntlet down to both players with two sublime finishes at Wembley against Egypt.

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri described Carlton Cole in 2003 as “I’ve never coached a young player like Carlton. He’s fantastic even though he hasn’t really started his career yet. He has a very long contract, and, in my opinion, a very big future at Chelsea.”

I think that was just before they wheeled him out in the strait jacket. But the West Ham striker is still relatively young at 26 years of age and whilst a move to a bigger club seems unlikely given that he will be parking his rear on the bench. Carlton Cole is a decent player, the rumour’s are ridiculous, but he is worthy of a place in England’s squad.

Do you think West Ham’s Carlton Cole is any good?

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