The Diamond Transformed into a Spear: Joe Cole Returns

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The Diamond Transformed into a Spear: Joe Cole Returns
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Imperious.

Rampant.

Electrifying.

All these words describe Chelsea yesterday in their rout of Blackburn at Stamford Bridge. After facing a tough loss to Aston Villa, the Blues bounced back with back to back goal-fests that saw Athletico and Blackburn destroyed and wondering when the match would be over.

While Athletico's poor run of form contributed to their loss, Blackburn just seemed totally outclassed from the opening kick.

But why was a Chelsea team that struggled so mightily just a week ago and maybe a bit weary from a big midweek clash so much better now?

Maybe they were feeding off the Bridge's support, maybe the matchups were simply better, or maybe it was the return of one of their favorite players, some one not seen for nine months.

Joe Cole was back, and he wanted to the world to take notice.

While he did not get on the score sheet and missed a couple of very nice looks, his passing, pace, and dribbling absolutely shredded the opposing defence and created a rhythm that Chelsea never lost.

Cole was playing in the perfect position for his skill set but had given the likes of Lampard and Malouda trouble earlier in the season: the tip of the diamond.

This position is tailor made for some one who is a playmaker in every sense of the word: They can dribble, pass incisively, have the pace to scorch defenders, and are a threat to score themselves.

While Lampard and Malouda have some of these qualities, the only other player for Chelsea that has the perfect skill set is Deco.

Early in the season Deco was everything you could ask for in this role, but he has faded as of late due to fitness, something that is a point of concern for a player that is beginning the descent of his outstanding career.

Cole brings everything Deco would bring in his prime, and though not quite as technical, definitely has the heart and imagination to make up for it in the physical, pinball style of the Premiership.

With Chelsea nearing full strength, they were missing their bombing wing-backs, Cole let the world know that they are a force to be reckoned with.

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