With Joe Cole hoping to get a football reinvigoration at the Ricoh Arena it’s certainly boosted his celebrity status this week.
I don’t think we’ve heard this much from Cole since he was backing Paul Lambert!
In no particular order, let’s start with his quotes on the Official Site where he insisted with the quality we do have in the playing staff it would only be a matter of time before things clicked for us – what we need in this losing run is that one result to go for us to lift everyone and then we can build forward from there.
‘Tim is working very hard and has brought in some good players. I’m convinced he’s brought in enough quality in the staff and the players to keep the club up. I think a good season would be staying up – and then build with the good players they’ve brought in alongside the good coaches at the club. It just needs time. I am sure the boys will get out of it. The mood is positive at Bodymoor Heath. There are good professionals there and good young lads there who want to listen and learn – and there’s a young manager with a lot of energy. You’ve got the ingredients there. It’s just about fine tuning it. I believe a couple of results would spark it for them. It’s a big game on Saturday against Swansea.’
Cole also talked about Grealish, admitting he’d given his words of advice from his own experience of pressure, adjusting to the top flight and being involved in serial relegation battles whilst you’re still learning your own game and the mental adjustments you need to make to account for that when used to undoubtedly easier Under 21 football.
Cole believes our current/recent/long standing struggles will be the making of the 20 year old.
‘When I started with West Ham we were constantly in a relegation fight – it was sink or swim and you learn from that. Any team out of the top ten these days is thinking ‘let`s get to 38 or 40 points.` That`s the nature of the beast. He`s a good footballer, a clever footballer and he`s going to be a massive player for Villa. It’s important that the club build the team round him and they`ve got the perfect gaffer to do that. The gaffer loves him and he knows a player. He`s a good lad and now he`s getting to that stage where he`s an important cog in the wheel at Villa.’
As for Sherwood more specifically, the Coventry loanee went on to say.
‘The manager has a lot of qualities he brings to the table and he is also getting better everyday. He is learning the trade himself. But he is definitely good enough to keep Villa up and I can see the players getting better and the manager getting better.’
Good words from Cole when injuries aside he could be a little bit bitter given those that are above him in the pecking order, but fans clearly need to see this ‘getting better’ from the manager as you don’t need to think long when it comes to strange decisions and continually strange ‘I can’t drop him’ starting elevens.
As for his own move to Coventry, the press are awash with ‘it’s not about money’ articles as the former England international drops into League One and of course it isn’t about money – he has a contract and whilst I doubt Coventry are paying his full wage, no player suddenly takes a drop on their contract when they go out on loan do they – he’s not earning less now he’s just quadrupled his chances of showing Tim Sherwood what a forward pass is.
‘If I was coming here for the money I wouldn’t be here. I’ve been playing in an era where we are very lucky and we appreciate that as footballers. Most of us come from council estates and working class. You have an opportunity to lead a good life and finances are not going to be a problem for me. That wasn’t an issue for me coming here. I just want to play football, regardless of the level, proper football, competitive football. I want to play for the right time and the right manager who plays the right way. I’m just excited to play a game. I’m sure once I get the cobwebs off I’ll be back to myself and looking forward to it. I’ve not really thought about the ideal scenario. One thing I have learnt is you only think of the next game. I know it’s boring but anything could happen. I’m just excited I’ve got a game to play tomorrow. There’s seven games in the 35 days and we’ll review it after then.’
Hopefully the spell goes fantastically well for him, he stays injury free and he shows what he can do and whilst I’m not 100% he still has the legs for how he used to play or that he can crunch into a tackle bu CLEARLY he has to be an option for the holding/don’t pass it sideways midfield role and maybe he can tickle himself with a few set pieces as well?
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