Date of Birth: 18 November 1981
Place of Birth: Paddington, London, England
Year Signed: 2014
Signed From: West Ham United
Fee Paid: Free Transfer
Joe Cole is a product of the famous West Ham United youth system. Reports suggested that when he was just 16, Manchester United offered £10million for a player who was compared to former England favourite, Paul Gascoigne. Aged at just 17, he went on to make his debut for the Hammers in a FA Cup Third Round tie against Swansea City.
Following 126 appearances, Cole rejected a new contract at West Ham and soon signed for London rival’s Chelsea in a deal worth £6.6million. During a seven year spell with the Blues he helped the team to win three Premiership titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and two Community Shields.
In July 2010, the midfielder signed a four year deal with Liverpool after he left Chelsea at the end of his contract. He was then manager, Roy Hodgson’s first signing for the Reds. He failed to impress in his first season on Mersyside and was allowed to join French side Lille on a season long loan.
After his impressive loan spell, then Liverpool manager Brenden Rodgers decided he wanted Joe Cole in his squad for the 2012-13 season but injuries effected his season, making just ten appearances.
In January 2013 he returned to the club where it all started, West Ham United. He was allowed to leave Liverpool on a free transfer and signed a 18 month deal. He made his debut against Manchester United in an FA Cup third round tie which ended 2-2, Cole assisted both goals.
Injuries continued to hamper Joe Cole’s career and at the end of the 2013-14 season, the Hammers confirmed that they would not be renewing his contract and he could leave the club on a free transfer.
On June 10 2014, Cole signed a two-year deal with Aston Villa.