Joe Cole is getting close to recovering from his injury and he will be keen to get back onto the field and get his Liverpool career going again. When Cole signed for Liverpool in the summer, many of us expected big thing from the former Chelsea man. He did not disappoint during his first few games in pre-season and you only have to look at his performance against Rabotnicki to see the class of the lad. I read at the time some people saying that Cole has more skill than Messi (I am still not quite sure about that!) But there is no doubting that Cole has the talent and skill to be a great player and I am glad we have him in our squad.
Cole’s Liverpool career got off to a nightmare as he got sent off in the first game of the season against Arsenal. He missed three games due to suspension and has been in and out of the team since then due to injuries.
But now that the team is firing and Cole is getting fit again, where is he going to fit into the current team? Should Cole be a regular starter and if so where? The most likely place for Cole if he has to be in the team is wide on the left but we all know that is not his favored position. Cole wants to play just behind the front man and that is a role Gerrard has perfected behind Torres and now it looks like Kuyt could also be filling in that position. It is a headache for Hodgson, but I am sure it is a headache he would like to have given that it means he has options.
By having Cole on the left, we do not have much width down the left as Cole is not your natural ‘wing wizard’ but he has done the job there for England and Chelsea. Moving Cole behind Torres would be the most ideal situation as that is his best position but then how would that shape up the rest of the team? It would mean that we have Gerrard dropping back into midfield alongside Lucas or Raul thus Kuyt would have to go out to the right. It would be interesting to see what Hodgson does now given the return of Cole.