Joe Cole - Welcome To Anfield
I knew he was pacey but jeez...
Liverpool today confirmed the signing of Joe Cole. Believed to be a four year deal the ex Chelsea player has agreed personal terms and will be having a medical within the next two days or so.
A skillful player and a respected one by many football fans. Personally as somebody who rarely respects/appreciates many footballers from other clubs... Joe Cole has always been a player I have liked, right from his West Ham days, I've watched him mature and improve and I'm delighted he has chosen a move to Anfield.
A minor concern which i can totally understand from some fans though is the fact he is rather injury prone, depending on how much we are forking out for his wages and how well he holds his fitness, of course this could have been a gamble, but in my eyes, a gamble well worth the risk. I just hope it pays off for whoever signed him, was it Roy? Roy had talks... but hang on isn't Purslow controlling transfers these days? Or did he have a day off?
As i have been ranting on about all day if Purslow thinks this is going to take my mind off the fact he is wrongly playing god at Anfield then he has another thing coming! But to remain on the positive that Liverpool have signed a great addition to the squad, lets have a look at some stats about the Londoner.
He's 28 years old and was born on November 8th.
He has only been at two football clubs previous to Liverpool: West Ham (Came up through West Ham youth academy) and Chelsea. He can score goals but as proved by his appearance v goals scored he's not a machine...
West Ham (Apps) - 126 (Goals) -10
Chelsea (Apps) - 183 (Goals) - 28
One thing not to disregard though of course is how much he brings to the table in terms of assists. Countless amount of times we have seen him whip in crosses for both Chelsea and England so expect him to be a useful supply for the likes of Fernando Torres.
DYK?: Joe Cole came 4th in the Independent's list of Britain's happiest people. (2006)
With Benayoun leaving a hole on the wing and also a massive gap in terms of boots filling our "skillful" players section i feel Joe Cole will be a great asset to Liverpool. A likable chap too who could have quite easily have chosen a more simple and perhaps more lucrative move to the likes of City or Arsenal, I'd like to think he will fit in nicely up North.