Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Never Mind Parker, Cole Is The Key To West Ham Success!
So Avram has woken up to the importance of Carlton Cole to West Ham, and not before time! Carlton has his critics amongst the Upton Park “faithful” but if they checked out the stats over the last two seasons, they might appreciate better why Cole is so vital to our fortunes.
Last season we only won 8 Premiership games and Cole was in the side for 7 of those victories! In order, our victories were as follows:
Won against Wolves, Cole played.
Won against Villa, Cole played.
Won against Burnley, Cole played.
Won against Pompey, Cole didn’t play.
Won against Birmingham, Cole played.
Won against Hull, Cole played.
Won against Sunderland, Cole played.
Won against Wigan, Cole played.
So, we won 7 games with Cole in the team, and only one when he was absent – and that one was at home to bottom of the table Pompey! The win ratio when Cole started was 27%. The win ratio when Cole didn’t start was a miserly 8%! Had we maintained a win ratio of 27% over the full season we would have collected 33 points without drawing any games. Had we won just 8% of our games we would have collected just 9 points from winning matches over the season.
If we go back to the previous season, we find a similar picture. Cole started the same number of Premiership games – 26 – and scored the same number of goals – 10. West Ham won 14 Prem games that season and Cole played in all bar 2 of them. With Cole in the team we had a win ratio of 46%. Without Cole in the team we had a win ratio of 16%. Had we maintained the 46% win ratio over the whole season, we would have secured 52 points without drawing any games. The win ratio without Cole in the team would have seen us secure just 18 points from victories!
So, had Cole stayed fit all season, we would have comfortably qualified for the Europa League; had he been injured all season, we would have finished bottom of the table!
I think these statistics suggest that Cole is a vital member of the team, don’t you?
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:52