Personally, I think that would be a bloody shame, unless this deep seated injury is truly restricting the guy. There are mixed reports about Cole's performance against Watford but what nobody can take away from him is his goal.
That is one more goal than any other forward has scored for us this season. Carlton's critics will now jump up and down and say it was a tap in, that 'Arry's wife could have scored it. The trouble with that argument is that for years we have been seeking a "fox in the box", and what do they do? They score tap in goals!
Now I'm not saying Cole has become a fox in the box overnight but his critics can't have it all ways. Cole scored and was in the right place at the right time to score. For that he deserves credit.
It may just be that Cole's problems are down to poor service and a poor striking partner. Briefly, he had Ilan alongside him - and Ilan is hardly a world beater - and we scored goals. When Di Michelle was alongside him, Cole looked good. We were all raving about Ba, but maybe Cole was part of the reason why Big Chief Broken Knee looked good. Time will tell.
I have a nagging worry that Cole and Zamora would form an effective partnership at Fulham. And as two ex West Ham players and two players committed to West Ham whilst at the club, that would be a choker. Big Sam says he wants 4 strikers and at the moment only has three - and one of those is Piquionne! It is true that Cole and Carew do not look a good fit, especially if Sam is going to persist with 4-3-3, but the search for a goal scorer to play up front hints at a 4-4-2 for the future. Thinking ahead, Cole has done it in the Prem and if we bounce back I would like him in the squad at least.
I would prioritise selling Parker and holding on to Cole.