Liverpool has today confirmed the signature of former West Ham United and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole on a four year contract. The player, who scored 28 goals in 183 Premier League games for Chelsea, will earn around £90,000 per week at Anfield after joining on a free transfer. But did Sir Alex Ferguson miss out on a player he once admired?
Cole has rarely fulfilled the promise of youth, with Ferguson once courting the 14-year-old West Ham protegé on a weekly basis but refusing to make a bid for the midfielder this summer. Moreover, the midfielder has failed to hold down a regular place in either the Chelsea or England teams in recent seasons, with injury restricting Cole to just 11 full 90 minutes over the past two and a half seasons.
However, with Ferguson’s Manchester United side lacking creativity in the middle of the park some supporters saw Cole as exactly the kind of ‘value for money’ signature the club is now seeking.