Then, despite carrying an injury for much of the season, Carlton gave his all, finishing the season as our leading scorer and, crucially, netting in the play off final. Throughout, he has shown remarkable loyalty and devotion to the club, and God only knows why, because we have tried to offload him, he has been asked to carry the team offensively almost single handedly far too often, and a section of the fans abuse him at every opportunity.
And now, every minute of every day, he hears how we are being linked with any striker who has ever pulled on a pair of boots. £6m for Holt? What a joke! Cole has played for England, Holt has never been near an England squad!
I'm not saying that we don't need an option for when Cole is injured or off form, but given the banal offerings of the OS, it wouldn't hurt if the club offered some public support for a man who, unlike Tevez and Parker, understands the meaning of the word loyalty.