When Brendan Rodgers arrived in June, Joe Cole emphasised that he now had a ‘clean slate’ and a chance to prove himself to the new manager. Yet with four days until the transfer window closes, Cole may be looking at taking his slate elsewhere as Liverpool look to sell the former Chelsea midfielder, according to the Metro.
30-year-old Cole has seemingly slipped out of Brendan Rodgers plans over the course of the summer. The winger’s Liverpool woes continued when he had to be subbed off injured after 23 minutes of the Red’s victory of Gomel in the Europa League – an event that sadly summarized Cole’s time at the club. Now with the likes of Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin arriving in the summer, plus the emergence of Raheem Sterling, the Liverpool boss is looking to offload Cole before the transfer window closes.
Liverpool’s desperation to get rid of the winger and his huge contract has meant that they will consider any offer made for Cole before Friday. Yet finding a buyer is easier said than done.
In fact, I find it highly unlikely that Joe Cole will be playing Premiership football this season. At 30 years old and with a history of injuries, Cole has not been in top form for a considerable amount of time and is playing in a position dominated by youth in the modern Premier League. Most teams in the top half of the table have young attacking midfielders, with the exception of Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, whilst Cole has lost his pace that denies him the chance to compete for a place on the wing.
Yet perhaps the main factor keeping him from leaving the club is Cole’s lucrative contract. The former Chelsea man arrived at Anfield in 2010 on a four-year, £90,000 a week deal. He is highly unlikely to be wanted by a club that can afford to pay such wages and so will have to take a considerable pay cut in order to continue playing. With only four days left in the transfer window, finding someone to pay a transfer fee and sort out a contract may be too much to ask.
There may just be a way out for Cole however and that is the loan option. The West Ham youth product enjoyed his spell at Lille last season and may be tempted to move on again should the right offer come in. However, Rodgers would ideally like to get a permanent deal done which may prove tricky. If he does come round to the idea of a loan Liverpool’s owners will want to lose the burden of Cole’s £90,000 a week wages at least for one year, something which may prove to be trickier still.
It is sad to see a career that showed such promise turn as sour as Joe Cole’s has. The former Chelsea man is simply a burden to his current employers – Cole’s £90,000 a week wages could certainly be put to use in another area of the club or used to lure another player that fits into Rodgers plans. Unless a loan deal can get done again, I can’t see Cole breaking into a starting line-up when he already is sitting behind Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen, Jonjo Shelvey and others.
The demise of Cole’s career means it is incredibly unlikely that another Premier League side will purchase him. Hopefully though, Liverpool can get a deal done and Cole can put aside the personal financial issues to get back playing the sport we all know he loves.
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