TheChelseaBlog has already grudgingly admitted this week to being a bit worried about Joe Cole’s future at Chelsea. He never gets enough full games for my liking and the only manager’s who seem to appreciate his real worth are the opposition one’s.
Having come back from a seriously long spell out with a knee injury, it’s true Cole is still to get some consistency back in his performances but so have half our players and they haven’t got a lengthy lay-off to blame for it. Besides, if you don’t put a player where you’ll get the best out of him, it’s going to determine how affective he is surely? Has Frank Lampard been as affective in Ancelotti’s diamond as we’re used to seeing from him? Obviously he hasn’t but you don’t hear much criticism aimed in his direction. Joe Cole, on the other hand, puts in an outstanding performance when he’s used in his best position behind the strikers – but doesn’t get the opportunity to do that often enough.
Carlo Ancelotti though, seems to see things differently though and puts Joe Cole’s lack of consistency down to a crisis of confidence, saying “Joe could do better. For him it’s an important moment. He came back from the injury and he has an important appointment to achieve this season. The World Cup means it’s important to play well for Chelsea. At this moment he has good mental attitude and good condition but he must improve his confidence. For Joe, the World Cup is an important motivation. I think he has a lot of possibility to play in the World Cup but he knows Capello will look at his performances.”
Whilst on the issue of Cole’s contract, Ancelotti suggests “We know he could sign for another club and we are talking with him. I think Joe Cole is an important player and he knows that. We are confident in Joe that he wants to stay.”