I have never seen this before, but the madness over last weeks has reached new levels and with both the Bernabeu and the Council House continuing to be of very little importance when it comes to the real game, the top of the table and domination of Europe, the transfer rumour mill this year seems to have taken never before seen proportions.
Apparently, being linked with more players than ever before, now we are interested in signing a talent we already offered a job at Old Trafford years ago but now suddenly has decided that his career is in an impasse and he should be able to sign a typical ‘Rent Boys End of Career – I only have 5 years anymore, I must think of my family’ deal.
Ladies and Gents, I present you… *drum roll, please* former England International and Rentboy, Mr. JOE COLE!
That is right it now seems that amidst rumours of the Glazers having no money and the Red Knights wanting to salvage our club, and finances, Mr. Cole’s agent has decided to bring ManUtd in the game to negotiate a better deal for his long injured and under performing client. As is typical with the Rentboys, when your body and mind reach the age you start becoming slower, have more off-minutes in a game than you had off-games in a season, when a player closes in on 30 years, instead of showing loyalty for having earned millions every year already, enjoyed fat weekly checks sitting at home, recovering legs up, you hold out for a new long-term contract with possibly even more money. Lots more.Precedents are numerous and well-known: Mr. Fat Frank, Mr. John ‘Slippery’ Terry, Mr. Michael ‘I Can’t Tackle for Sh*t And My Gob’s Bigger Than Red Nev’s’ Ballack and now both Anelka and Joe Cole seem to be the next ones on this elusive list.
So let’s have a look, albeit a very brief one, at what could we expect from the talented player we would have signed for £10 million at the age of 16. Thirteen years ago.
Is There Place In Our Squad for Joe Cole?
Or should I say Is there place on our bench for Mr. Cole?
There is no doubt that he is very talented and could, when fit, almost step in the shoes of our legend, the humble Ryan Giggs, not just a Legend but together with Red Nev the ultimate definition of loyalty. Yes, I just did say that Joe Cole could fill the role of Ryan Giggs. When fit. Get over it but he is fast, a great dribbler and has delivered many a great assist not to mention scored several awesome goals in his career.
The real question though is Do we need Cole with our squad?
I guess the answer to this question is as simple as short: NO. Yes, two letters only and both are capitalised. N + O. No.
Let’s be fair, not only at 29 is Joe Cole too old for our long standing policy of bringing young prodigies to the Theatre of Dreams but with Giggs who signed for one more year, Nani and Obertan in our squad there is little place for Joe Cole and it is highly doubtful that a regular bench seat would be guaranteed. Let alone would we be ready to offer a 3-5 years contract or wages around/above the £90,000/week level.
What If Cole Publicly Declares He Wants To Join ManUtd?
I’m going on another tangent. If he wants to join us, he is welcome. On a contract similar to Michael Owen’s. Maximum £50,000/week and with appearance, assist and goal bonuses. Two years with option for yearly extension when played 25 games/season.
What Do You Think?
What do you think, guys? Cole, nay or no? Please note that in two to three weeks I will probably have the same post about Nicolas ‘Nomad’ Anelka, when he holds out for a pay raise at the Bridge. ;)