Tuesday, May 20

Farewell Joey Cole

No surprise that Joey Cole is on how way, though every Irons fan will wish him well. Joey still had an eye for goal scoring three times last season, but it looked as if his legs had gone after too many injuries and he wasn't mobile enough for the modern Premier League. He's won stacks of medals at Chelsea, but never really been given a chance in the middle behind the strikers which many thought would be his best position. 

Cole's departure means that West Ham fans are no longer so haunted by the 'golden generation' of talent that escaped the club after relegation. Rio Ferdinand is on his way out at Man United, Jermain Defoe has moved to Canada, Michael Carrick can't have long left at Man United, Frank Lampard is probably in last season at Chelsea and only Glen Johnson has a few more years left at Liverpool. 

And interestingly, the Daily Mail claims that one of the things that may cost Sam Allardyce his job is the stalling of the Academy production line. The club that produced Cole, Carrick, Ferdinand and Lampard should be finding more talent, yet since James Tomkins no Academy products have become first-team regulars

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