Joe Cole Puts Pen To Paper, Will Now Be Seen in a Liverpool Shirt

01/08/2010 § Leave a comment

Liverpool is the sort of club that never ceases to amaze you. One moment we’re in an abysmal place—seventh in the league for those who need reminding—with the toad owners refusing to sell up, and the next second there is a new coach and a couple of quick cheap signings.

Welcome to Anfield, Joe Cole.

It’s a funny place, as you will soon find out. Official reports suggest—as opposed to extremely widely-off-the-mark speculative reports—that Joe has put pen to paper at the only club that matters to me.

The ink is still fresh and wet on the contract document and the fans are probably ecstatic. I know I am! Perhaps at a high wage you might argue—90k/week is the number currently doing the rounds although there is no official statement at the time of writing.

But Joe Cole will be a quality addition no doubt.

Firstly, he addresses one very important position on the pitch that has been quite troublesome for the last few years—the left wing.

While bitter Spurs and Arsenal fans may whine about Joe Cole being too mercenary, pricey and what not, he saw an opportunity at Liverpool FC which he possibly didn’t see at other clubs—the opportunity to be a sure starter. The lack of which drove him out of Chelsea, the availability of which brought him to Anfield.

And his ability to play in the hole behind the striker is an added bonus, although all vacancies for that position are currently very well stocked the way I see it.

More than the absolute quality and creativity of Joe Cole, which a lot of people continue to hurrah about, I personally would like to focus on a different aspect of this signing.

It may perhaps be a bit premature to say this, but bringing in Joe Cole says something about the type of football Roy Hodgson intends to make Liverpool play.

Tactically speaking, Joe Cole adds versatility to a squad that definitely needs it. With Joe Cole on board, Liverpool might actually see a 4-3-3 formation with Joe on the left, Fernando Torres in the center and Kuyt or Jovanovic on the right.

On the other hand, we may see the more successful (as proved during the World Cup) 4-2-3-1 with a genuine left-winger for a change. The addition of Joe Cole to the squad means that some of the responsibility of attacking currently shouldered by Gerrard will be reduced, as he will be able to sit deeper from where he can see the game and dictate it.

Secondly, it sends out a message of reassurance to our beloved stars. Fernando Torres demanded quality signings. Here’s one to start with.

Welcome to Liverpool FC Joe Cole. YNWA.

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