The start Joe Cole made to his Liverpool career was possibly the worst imaginable. A red card against Arsenal in the opening Premier League fixture was followed by a three match ban and a missed penalty. These events coupled with large wage demands did little to win the Liverpool fans over. A season after his initial signing, little has changed with the majority of Liverpool fans concerning their opinion on the English playmaker.
However, there are few that still believe Joe Cole can shine in Liverpool red. Obviously, I am one in that minority. Cole is regarded as one of the few naturally gifted English midfielders out there, with most English players being trained into the players they become.
Joe Cole came into the limelight at a very young age, in his West Ham days. Since displaying early promise, Cole has rarely fulfilled his potential, in large part due to injuries. Since moving to Liverpool, Cole again hasn't been given all the opportunities he needs to flourish, which is understandable given the state of Liverpool's midfield.
However, should Kenny Dalglish give Joe Cole another chance on the pitch, I feel he may well defy his critics. He is a hard worker, a good dribbler and is capable of bits of play that can open up teams.
The problem with Joe Cole however, is consistency. Never has he delivered a constant string of performances worthy to take him into consideration of being one of the best. Should he be given time to prove himself this season, I don't see why he can't establish himself as a consistent threat.
In pre-season, Cole has looked fit, and his work rate has been good. Dalglish stated that he was pleased with Cole's work and with the absences for the beginning of the season, he may be given an opportunity to show what he can do. A starting place is unlikely, but a good substitute appearance may help his cause.
Joe Cole can still be of value to Liverpool, even if he's not a regular starter. I don't think Cole will get into the starting eleven on a regular basis, but I do feel he can become an excellent impact player. The ideal time to play him would be for the last twenty minutes when the opposition is getting tired. His dribbling skills will open the team up, or win free kicks to float in toward Andy Carroll.
That's about it. What do you guys think Joe Cole has for the club, if anything? Thanks for reading.