Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Alan Green: Joe Cole may live to regret West Ham switch

Joe Cole was only stoppage time away from being the architect of a major FA Cup upset on Saturday evening which would have made it the happiest of homecomings on his return to a West Ham shirt.

They were his crosses that provided the two headed goals by James Collins against Manchester United.

However, I wonder if Cole might live to regret his choice of Upton Park over the alternative of a move to Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp, his manager first time around at the Hammers, must have tugged at Cole’s heartstrings too.

And the former England player will have known the sort of football he’d play there, albeit in a team fighting to avoid relegation.

Redknapp’s sides play with the ball on the ground…

In contrast, anyone watching a Sam Allardyce team, previously Bolton, Newcastle or Blackburn, will know they’ll be seeing another ‘type’ of football: hit the ball long and high to a ‘big man’ up front — Carlton Cole.

West Ham fans are choking on their principles, trusting that survival in the Premier League will assuage their doubts. What will Cole think after a few months of that?

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