West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Thursday, January 3
Always believe in Joey Cole?
Joe Cole is having a medical at West Ham. He certainly took his goal against us sharply enough for Liverpool a few weeks ago and he gave everything the season we were relegated under Glenn Roeder. It's exciting news from a sentimental viewpoint, but will he ever be the player he was? Probably not, but Allardyce and his team have a record of getting the best out of veterans like Gary Speed, Youri Djorkaeff and Ivan Campo. Cole's also had a good season at Lille on loan (playing 31 times and scoring four goals) despite failing at Liverpool. Much will depend on his fitness and wages - he was on a whacking 92k a week at Liverpool and has been paid £3 million to tear up his contract. But this is a player who won three league titles with Chelsea and was England's best player at the 2006 World Cup. If his wages are related to appearances, then it's worth taking a chance on Joey.