The most interesting thing about Cole's proposed move to Stoke is the news that he is carrying a deep seated injury. Stoke's chairman Coates confirms, "He has got an injury problem and he's always had that. That's another risk you take, you have to factor that in, but he's a good player and Tony has always liked him. Managers like different players don't they and Tony has always liked him."
Coates isn't specific about the nature of the injury and Carlton's critics will allege it is a deep seated allergy to the back of the net, but Carlton's lack of mobility since he pulled up lame against Villa back in November of 2009 is perhaps now explained. He has never looked the same player since.
In the light of this, it looks a good deal to offload him. Carlton is damaged goods psychologically, if he is damaged physically too, Stoke are welcome to him!