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Joe Cole

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c5211e9780e2bcf6344234c47c7efdb6.jpgA product of the famous West Ham youth academy, Joe Cole joined Chelsea in the summer of 2003 after he had won the "Hammer of the Year" award at West Ham. In the 2003-04 season, Cole made 50 appearances for the club emerging as a key player as Chelsea finished 2nd in the league and reached the semifinals of the Champions League. He scored 2 goals in the Carling Cup but did not score in the league until April in a game vs Newcastle at St James Park. He made 7 assists to add to his 3 goals.

In the 2004-05 season, after Jose Mourinho publicly criticised Cole's defensive irresponsibility, his form improved as he scored 9 goals, including a deft flick in a league game vs Liverpool, and made 6 assists as Chelsea romped to their first league title in 50 years. He scored in a come-from-behind win over Manchester United at Old Trafford as he converted a Frank Lampard cross.

Cole continued in the same vein in the 2005-06 season where he scored a wonderful title-sealing goal vs Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. With 4 United defenders surrounding him, Cole wriggled himself free and blasted an unstoppable shot past the keeper to ring in the title celebrations. He was named in the PFA Team of the Season.

After participating in the 2006 World Cup (where he scored a wonder volley vs Sweden), Cole was laid low by injuries and returned only in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals vs Valencia. He scored the only goal in Chelsea's UCL semi-final first leg win over Liverpool but did not make the final after losing out on penalties. He ended the season on a high as he started the 2007 FA Cup final win over Manchester United.

He then enjoyed his best season in a Chelsea shirt as he made 54 appearances in the 2007-08 season, easily Chelsea's best player that season. He scored the winners against West Ham, Blackburn and Everton and also scored a brace in the 4-4 draw against Spurs at White Hart Lane. Then manager Avram Grant was criticised for removing Joe Cole when the score was 3-1 in favour of Chelsea. None the less, he helped Chelsea reach the Champions League final where he started before being replaced by Nicolas Anelka in extra-time as Chelsea lost agonisingly on penalties yet again. He was deservedly named Chelsea's player of the year.

He started the 2008-09 season brightly, scoring the first goal of the Scolari era after running on to a through ball by Michael Ballack. He made 20 appearances and scored thrice before getting injured in a FA Cup game vs Southend which ruled him out for the rest of the season as Chelsea won the FA Cup under Hiddink.

The 2009-10 season was a strange one for Cole. He was increasingly dropped in favour of Florent Malouda and scored only 2 goals in 39 appearances. But his cheeky back-heeled finished against Manchester United was a vital goal for Chelsea as that win gave Chelsea the initiative in the title race. On the final day of the season, Joe Cole came on as a substitute and bagged 2 assists. He won the ball in the area and sent over a cross for Ashley Cole to volley home the final goal in an 8-0 win over Wigan that confirmed that Chelsea were Premier League champions again. He made his last appearance for the club when he came on as a substitute in the FA Cup final win over Portsmouth.

After Chelsea

After 7 years at Chelsea, Cole finally left the Blues to join Liverpool in 2010 as Roy Hodgson's first signing for the club. He wore the no.10 jersey there as well. He was sent off on his league debut for a wild challenge on Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal and that was the tone of a mediocre season for Cole at Liverpool. After scoring just 3 goals in 32 appearances through out the season, Liverpool loaned him out to French champions Lille in the summer of 2011.

On his Lille debut, Cole went on a solo run getting past 4 Saint Ettiene defenders before setting up the 3rd goal in a 3-1 win. After that impressive start, he would go on to have a good season for Lille scoring 8 goals and assisting 5 times in 35 appearances including a hat-trick in the Coupe de France. He has expressed a desire to continue at Lille next season although the French club have expressed fears over his wage demands.

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Big mistake of the leadership had to part with Joe still remains one of my favorites .

for once our board wasnt to blame . Joe shouldnt have listened to his agent . He is guy still laughing all the way to the bank

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His career is on a freefall. Few could achieve going from the champions of England to their irrelevant neighbors and relegation candidates in 14 months.

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wtf? i was extremely pissed when Cole got sold off to fuckin liverscum, but what the f have they done to him?

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He left Chelsea because he didnt want to just be a bench player it seems and since gone to Liverpool he's just done the same! Hope he moves on to somewhere away from there because he aint doing himself any favours he may not be the same player from years ago but hey with a different side he may actully did to play 90 mins...and didnt exactly win the Europa League and FA Cup which he stated as part of his reason for moving...

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I'll always love him for what he achieved with us but never forgive him for the way he left to go to Liverpool. His best days are well and truly behind him.

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I'll always love him for what he achieved with us but never forgive him for the way he left to go to Liverpool. His best days are well and truly behind him.

100% agree. I still remember his Liverpool debut, when he got sent off. It all went downhill from there.

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He left Chelsea because he didnt want to just be a bench player it seems and since gone to Liverpool he's just done the same! Hope he moves on to somewhere away from there because he aint doing himself any favours he may not be the same player from years ago but hey with a different side he may actully did to play 90 mins...and didnt exactly win the Europa League and FA Cup which he stated as part of his reason for moving...

The main reason for his departure was purely financial side of things and only then the game. Because I think if he was satisfied the financial requirements even if the reserve would be left. From this perspective, it does not honor because Chelsea made him a star, and he spat at us

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The main reason for his departure was purely financial side of things and only then the game. Because I think if he was satisfied the financial requirements even if the reserve would be left. From this perspective, it does not honor because Chelsea made him a star, and he spat at us

I dont know why he felt the need to come out with random shit..'this is home I've always wanted to be hear yada yada' I know players do that sorta thing but just ahhhh lost respect sorta thing really...his career there be a disaster,sent off first game and shit the rest of the time..he'll go get goal against us now said that..if he's there by that time mind

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Cole is supposed to be a creative, attacking player, right? It follows then that the best way to judge him is to consider his specific, measurable creative contribution (SMCC) at Liverpool since signing. Let's look at the facts:

* 32 appearances

* 3 goals scored

* 1 assist

* 12 shots on target

* 25 fouls conceded

=

* 1 goal every 10.6 appearances

* 1 assist every 32 appearances

* One shot ON TARGET every 2.6 appearances

And as you can see, Cole's SMCC is negligible. Indeed, instead of providing a SMCC for Liverpool, Cole has spent more time giving away fouls.

Cole has been at Anfield for 56 weeks now. For the sake of argument, let's say he is earning £90k a week (a widely reported figure); that would put his total base earnings at £5.04m in just over 13 months. That equates to:

* £157.5k per appearance.

* £1.2m for each goal and assist so far.

http://www.liverpool-kop.com/2011/08/joe-cole-has-cost-liverpool-fc-12m-per.html

LMAO!!

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