Joe Cole: I Will Fight For Liverpool First-Team Place
The recent comments by the podgy midfielder will not amuse the Reds’ faithful, simply because the disaster that was his debut season with Liverpool FC.
Joe Cole was dubbed as Hodgson’s marquee signing and was a catastrophic failure much like his gaffer. After his abysmal touches and useless runs had found their way into banter forums, the man of the hour had been assigned his own bench in Melwood to warm.
The most humorous fact of his contract is his astronomical £90,000-a-week wages; now that’s big money for running like a headless chicken the whole day. As many had predicted, the lazy ass of Joe Cole has refused to budge as it has interpreted “resting on its laurels” in a slightly twisted way. All attempts of Liverpool FC to sell the diminutive midfielder have failed miserably so far, with each interested party bashing their eyelids on hearing the amount of silly money he makes for ‘trying to play football’.
Well, Joe Cole has not lost faith in his abilities, whatever the reason maybe, and has vowed to fight for his place in Liverpool’s burgeoning midfield, that is reciprocating by the day. The once-average footballer has revealed his desire after “positive” talks with King Kenny before the Reds had embarked on their pre-season tour to the US.
“There has been no firm interest in Joe and he is determined to prove he still has what it takes to play at the top level. He has had a good conversation with Kenny and they both agreed that he didn’t perform well last season but still has the talent and desire to be a success at Liverpool.
“There was some talk of a season-long loan but nothing has emerged that would suit both the player and Liverpool.”
But Liverpool’s assistant manager Steve Clarke has not thrown in the towel, yet. Clarke had earlier worked with Cole at Stamford Bridge, when Cole was considered a good-enough player for the Three Lions.
“At the end of last season he was not getting in the team because the team was playing well,” explained Clarke. “But he has trained hard and gone away and had a good summer. Joe Cole is a top international player. He has got a big contribution to make to the future.
“He is the same Joe Cole I coached at Chelsea, just a couple of years older and a little wiser. He has always had this same fantastic attitude. He knows the position he is in. It has been difficult for him because he has not been involved but, when he gets the chance, it is up to him to take it.”
Whether Joe Cole will don the Red jersey this season or will he leave before the transfer window closes (much to the delight of the Kop) is as dour a subject as Ancelotti’s post-match conferences.
Hoping to see the old Joe Cole again, and I refer not to his age, my friends.