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Joe Cole To Replace Either Scholes Or Giggs

Apparently, Joe Cole is still locked in a contract dispute with Chelsea and United are circling above, with the intention of snatching the 29-year-old on a free at the end of the season. Cole, who never really fulfilled his massive potential, has looked poor and off the pace in recent games but he might still be resurrected.

Is there any substance to this rumour? Yet to be seen but it would make sense: Joe Cole could play on the left or in the middle, as the most advanced player of a three-man midfield. In other words, he could replace either Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs. United are in debt yet will need a central midfielder and a left winger - Joe Cole could fill both positions so we would only have to buy one of the two plus possibly a striker.

But there are big question marks. Joe Cole would probably ask for more money than what most of our first team regulars earn and though his talent is not in doubt, it is questionable that he can make an impact after crippling injury problems. Many of our players would be upset that a player like him, coming on a free, would earn more than them - it's not worth to risk upsetting the dressing room.

Of course this is mere speculation: press reports indicates that his contract talks with Chelsea broke down because he requested a deal in the region of 100k/w which is frankly ridiculous. But considering the usual accuracy of press information, it might be that his actual demands are a lot more reasonable. All in all, I don't expect him to end up at United but it would not look a bad deal at first glance if he had reasonable wage demands.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 3:29PM

Your Comments

have been thinking he would be the perfect replacement for Scholes for some time and I would imagine he would like the idea of neing the major playmaker instead of being more of a peripheral one at Chelsea.
oxfordspur
As far as I'm concerned, you can have him. He might have been injured for much of the past 2 seasons, he's also been a bitter disappointment and I'm sick of his showpony behaviour when simplicity is required. Florent Malouda is an infinitely better left-winger.
EuroBlue
Showpony behaviour? That's something I missed. For me, he just looked poor, out of touch, off the pace.
Zae
showpony?! I think he's in a bad spell after his lay off. Would gladly take him, technically gifted, can play one touch football and is available on a free, rather him than Owen!
elvido
To be frank, if Chelsea aren't going to pay him large wages, I sincerely doubt utd would. This isn't the Joe Cole we know from 2005, his form has been pretty poor recently. File this one under "tabloid BS"
Gunnerman
So true if WE dont want to pay then you know thats saying something.Would love to keep him.I hate to say it but Sir Rednose has a way with english players & could get the best out of him with the slick footy.Thats what I dont wanna see!!
Chelsea24/7
Yes, probably. But he could leave Chelsea out of principle, trying to get one over them by going to their biggest rivals for less money than he asked for at Stamford Bridge. Yeah, yeah, I know, this is now clutching at straws to somehow find a little credibility in the story but you never know with footballers these days.
Zae
I could see spurs trying to snap him up, with us then making a move for Modric. I've always thought Joe Cole would make a good spurs player.
tuscan3000
Modric wouldn't be bad at all but with that statement Tuscan your not going to make a lot of friends from the spurs' section.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Joe Cole's a good player but i really cant see it happening.
One United 23
I agree with One United, He's a great player and I really like hi but I can't see him signing for us especially since we are not in the best position financially and won't really be wanting to give a massive salary for a player who has hardly featured over the last three seasons.
khoder
Obertan needs a bit of time to adjust to the english game - a couple of season and he will be one of our star wingers - Also Tosic can play that side - he needs more 1st team experience as well, this is good for him to be at Cologne
niteworlok
Highly overrated, now just a mirage of what he once was. Chelsea wont pay him silly money, and who else would, or could.
johnkelv
 

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