Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Coles to Liverpool
For as long as it was only Stoke who were interested in Carlton Cole, I was confident we would keep him. Why would a player in the England squad choose to join Stoke City?
However, the opportunity to join Liverpool would be a much more enticing prospect for Carlton, especially with Woy as manager. The Pulis approach would not work with Carlton, but as Woy proved with Zamora, he has a knack for nursing and developing players with a fragile temperament. If I was Cole, I might look at the transformation of Zamora and think, "I'll have a bit of that!"
Much has been made of Zola's development of Cole, but it is as of nothing in comparison to the magic wand that Woy waved over Zammo. Cole always had the raw material to be a top player; Zammo, on the other hand, always looked like a Championship player straining every fibre and tissue to keep his head above water in the Prem. He was lovable because he was such a battler, but England quality? There were times when you would have picked 'Arry's wife before you picked Zammo. And indeed, 'Arry's wife's understudy, Darren Bent, was selected ahead of Zamora.
But Woy apart, would the move be good for Carlton? I don't think so. I fancy Woy's reign will be short lived. There will probably be new owners at some point and they will want success today, not success tomorrow. Patience will be short with a manager appointed by the previous regime. If the Yanks keep control, Woy will be starved of transfer cash and that Liverpool squad isn't good enough, with or without Cole, to pull up any trees. Should Cole join, he could find himself playing reserve team football by Christmas, or being the target of supporter abuse because he is not Fernando Torres. Carlton should look at Heskey and think, do I want to be hounded out of Anfield like Emile?
So, if I was Carlton I would stay at West Ham. But if Liverpool firm up their bid, I expect Cole to go. As for Liverpool, they would then have plenty of Coles, but without a fully fit Torres, they would still lack the spark to ignite them!
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:07