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Should Liverpool continue to stand-by this flop?

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The other option of course is for Cole to go to a smaller team, such as the newly promoted Queens Park Rangers (another team he has been linked with), and take a pay-cut in order to play first team football week in, week out. The question at that point is what Joe Cole values more; money or playing regularly? With some footballers it is difficult to tell at times, but for Cole it does seem like the latter is more fitting.

Of course, if he were to stay at Liverpool he would need to accept a cut in his wages anyway. The fact that he is being paid £90,000 per week is ridiculous enough, but when it is compared to Raul Meireles’ (one of LFC’s most consistent performers this season) pay packet of £30,000 per week it is even harder to swallow. Putting aside the argument that “£30k a week is still a ridiculous amount of money” for another time, it is clear that Cole should not be earning more than the Portuguese international. So since Cole is likely to take a pay-cut if he stays at Liverpool anyway, perhaps a move to a smaller club would be in his best interest?

I for one, being a Liverpool fan, would love to see Joe Cole stay at the club and play his way back into the first team. After all, the team is in real need of good wingers and that is a position Cole has played in to great success over his career. Nevertheless, I think it would be better for Cole personally if he moved on in the summer. It is not fair to the player to have to sit on the bench every week with no discernable way of getting back in to the first team and it is unfair to the club to have to pay the player £90k per week to do just that.

In my opinion a move to QPR, although a big step down for a player of Cole’s calibre, would be his best option. He would get regular first team action and would be treated like a star by the Rangers’ fans. At Liverpool and Spurs, Cole will spend more time on the bench than on the pitch, but the opposite is true at Rangers. I hope Joe makes the right decision for his future because I would hate to see another great footballing talent squandered.

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12 comments

  • ShardeYNWALFC4EVER says:

    NO

  • farhan says:

    sell him as soon as possible

  • Bill says:

    Get shot ASAP

  • Derek Wharton says:

    Maybe he should leave LFC – but so should the supposed supporters who describe as they did. He’s as Liverpool player and as such deserves respect. Give it to him and any others who you think aren’t good enough.

    Cole may not have ‘fitted’ with Liverpool but he’s not a ‘flop’

  • Davie says:

    I would get rid of the other shite before JC.Kenny only sent him on for a few minutes in each match near the end of the season to me that was Kenny advertising JC to other clubs.

  • shadda says:

    keep him, he owes us a good season, who would have believed Maxi would come good, but he did?

    • Andy says:

      Maxi came good? Seriously I give up he played very well in 3 games and if that’s good enough for you go elsewhere I want players who play well in 40 games ayear.

  • a finnigan says:

    maxi,jovanivic,poulson,soto and then cole and insua and kuyt at 31 and in good form maybe to villa and throw maxi in take advantage ov there rich vein ov form for downing and get 100k awk off wage bill

    • Redr0bb0 says:

      Kuyt, get rid of Kuyt? What planet are you on? The guy would run through a 10 ft thick concrete wall for us and has been nothing short od superb all season. I don’t know what matches you’ve been watcing. Him, Reina and Lucas have been our most consistant players and I would add Suarez since Jan and Mereiles after he got to grips with the pace of our league. Sell Kuyt? Get a grip!!!

  • TommyGun says:

    Yea Cole needs to be sold…. I believe he is pulling 60k a week at Liverpool. Thats just a huge deadweight.
    Don’t think he’d do so well at Spurs either, their midfield is packed with quality.

    I really think he has reached towards the end of his career. I think the best thing for him to do is move to a mid table club, where expectations are not high and where he can surely get a first team match week in and week out. I think a team like Stoke, WBA, Sunderland or Fulham would suit him well.
    Plus it also looks like Aqua is coming back since Juve aint willing to cough up the cash for him. That just means more reserves games for Cole.

  • Blindside says:

    Silly question. He must go!

  • Tom says:

    I just don’t believe Cole is the player he used to be. He’s been poor for the last three years & it seems that his successive injuries have taken their toll on him. He spent practically every game in a Liverpool shirt running round like a chicken with no head while the game passed him by. The fact that he’s on a whopping £90,000 a week just makes it even more urgent that we offload Cole asap.

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