On Friday, talkSPORT reported Joe Cole will sign for Manchester United on a free transfer after the World Cup. Some will be delighted while others will be disappointed.
Signing a creative midfielder with the ability Cole possesses on a free transfer is a good piece of business. Cole has Premier League experience which is an important factor. He will not require a season (i.e as Modric did) in adjusting to the pace and physical nature of Premier League football. Cole can have an immediate impact where a Silva may struggle initially.
Where will Cole fit into team?
Sir Alex Ferguson is less likely to start Cole in a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation. He is suited to a 4-5-1 formation playing in a three man midfield. Perhaps not a direct replacement for Paul Scholes, Cole will however play closer to the opposition’s penalty area, will add creativity to a midfield which has been lacking and is a goal threat. Cole can also play on the left.
Questions mark will surround Cole’s fitness, which I guess is fair enough considering the long injury lay off he has suffered. Especially after the recent struggles Owen Hargreaves has endured. Personally, I’m less concerned. During the second half of 09/10 season, he featured mainly as a substitute and showed no ill effects of the injury suffered.
Some will jump to immediate conclusion (similar to Michael Owen) we are signing Cole for the sole reason he is a free transfer. They may or may not have a point. However, signing someone with the qualities of Cole on a free transfer cannot be sniffed at.
In conclusion, I believe the potential signing of Cole is a smart move. Allow him the opportunity to have a proper pre-season training camp and he will be on a par with other players in terms of fitness and match sharpness. We will then see Cole return to the form he enjoyed before injury.
What do you think?
Is signing Joe Cole a good or poor addition to the Man United squad/team? Would you prefer a Milner or Silva?
Is signing another free transfer highlight financial problems at club?
Where do you see Cole fitting into team? Can he play in a 4-4-2 formation?