Is Harry playing it cool on the ‘Cole’ issue?
Recent quotes from Harry Redknapp in relation to the protracted speculation about a move for Chelsea man Joe Cole can be read in a number of ways, and perhaps that is just how Harry Redknapp would like it?
Here’s what the White Hart Lane boss was quoted as saying.
“Joe Cole is a fantastic player but he is at Chelsea and he is going to stay at Chelsea. There is nothing in that whatsoever.
“Any team would like Joe but he is not a player I have even made a phone call about because I don’t think it would be possible to get him. He belongs to Chelsea.”
Now clearly this suggests that he would like to be reunited with the player he brought to prominence at West Ham and he is simply stating that he thinks that the west London club is not considering selling the adaptable attacker, however surely the player himself may well be considering leaving the club.
After a prolonged period out with injury the 27 year old will find it very hard indeed to break back into the side, a winning side, and with a World Cup on the horizon he may well have considered his future could lie elsewhere, so why not Tottenham?
Cole has been out for over seven months now and in that time Guus Hiddink, and then Carlo Ancelotti, have managed just fine without him and it seems a very real possibility that when he does finally return from his knee injury, he will not get his first team place back so easily. Clearly he would have no qualms about moving to an arch rival as that was what he did when he left Upton Park to move to Stamford Bridge in 2003, a move he clearly didn’t seek (unlike a certain Frank Lampard).
Would Tottenham fans have any issue with such a capture? I doubt it. The England man is of sufficient quality to transgress issues of allegiance. Such a move could see him be a useful addition on either flank depending on how best to play the outstanding Lennon and Modric.