Joseph John ‘Joe’ Cole is an England international footballer who currently features for the English and European giants Liverpool. He is a midfielder who can play on either wings and is known for his tricks, flicks, dribbles, passes and ball distribution.
Cole always supported West Ham United as a boy and made his debut for the club in 1998 after coming through the club’s youth academy. He played for the Hammers until the summer of 2003 and scored 10 goals in 128 league appearances.
In his last season at West Ham (2002-2003), he was given the captain’s armband when he was just 21 years of age. However, at the end of the season West Ham got relegated and Cole switched to Chelsea as he needed to develop his career.
Cole was signed by Chelsea from West Ham for 6.6 million pounds but had to struggle to get into the first as there was loads of competition for places. But under Jose Mourinho, Cole gradually came to the fore and began to improve his all-round game and became as much effective as technically brilliant.
His best season was the 2007-2008 season in which he started regularly after his competitor for the left wing position Arjen Robben was sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 2007. He played over 180 matches in the Premier League for Chelsea before joining Liverpool in 2010.