It's fair to say that Cole's debut season as a Liverpool player was far from being the success it was expected to be when he arrived effectively as Roy Hodgson's first signing as the Milan Jovanovic deal had been instigated by the previous manager. Cole's start to his Liverpool career was nothing short of disastrous. Cole's Premier League debut lasted only 45 minutes before he was sent off against Arsenal at Anfield. His next home appearance saw him miss a penalty against Trabzonspor in the Europa League. Cole only started 19 of Liverpool's 54 competitive matches and was a substitute in 13 more. Dalglish gave him his first start in over two months on the final day of the 2010/11 season at Aston Villa but Cole failed to impress. Cole was loaned to French Ligue 1 champions, Lille, for the 2011/12 season. Though disappointed to leave Liverpool it was an exciting move for Cole: “Lille are a club with great pedigree and it’s really exciting to have an opportunity to play in the Champions League again." Cole had a good loan spell even though Lille were unable to successfully defend their title, scoring four times in 32 Ligue 1 matches. Cole, who was according to Brendan Rodgers, signed for "astronomical amount of money", reportedly on £90,000 a week, returned to West Ham on a free transfer in January 2013 with a rumoured pay-off of £3 million, but the club is said to have saved itself at least £3.5 million in wages for Cole for the remaining 18 months of his contract.
Cole made eight first-team appearances for West Ham in 2012-13, scoring twice. He played a part in 25 first-team matches in the following season but only in 11 of those matches did he make the starting team. His 18-month contract with West Ham expired shortly after the end of the 2013/14 season and the club issued a statement saying that they would be releasing the player without offering him a further contract. So Cole became a free agent if he wished to still continue playing at the age of thirty-two and a half. On 10 June 2014 Cole signed a two-year deal to join Aston Villa, where he was an unused substitute in the 2015 FA Cup final. After just one League cup appearance as a substitute at the start of 2015-16 Cole joined Coventry City in October, initially on an emergency loan deal. The move became a permanent deal in January then at the end of the season he signed a two year deal with North American Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies. Cole remained with the Rowdies for three seasons, making almost 100 appearances in all competitions. He announced his retirement from playing on 13th November 2018 and the following month returned to Chelsea as an Academy coach.
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Liverpool Echo match report on Liverpool - Arsenal on 15.08.2010.
Joe Cole became Roy Hodgson's first signing for Liverpool.
Match report from Liverpool Echo on Liverpool FC 2 Rabotnicki 0 on 5th August 2010.
I thought about the semi-final of the Champions League in 2005 when I ran on to the field and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I was thinking about playing in that atmosphere every week and that swung it for me.
Joe Cole on his decision to sign for Liverpool
We tried our very hardest to get him. The chairman made Joe a fantastic offer. But, in the end, we were competing with a club that has years and years of tradition and a reputation as one of the biggest clubs in the world. I got a lovely message from Joe to inform me of his decision. He explained it. I think he wants to move for football reasons. He wants to be part of a transformation at Liverpool. I think maybe getting away from London and a clean break was part of it too. Whatever his reasons he has been genuine the whole way through. Joe is a bit of a throw-back, if you like. He has class and his manners are impeccable. I will always see him as the 11-year-old boy I first clapped eyes on at West Ham and I can only wish him all the best and hope his move is successful. Everywhere I went this summer Spurs fans were asking me 'Are we going to get him?' Daniel Levy pushed the boat out for him, he really did. No one can fault the effort we made to try to get him but it wasn't to be and I fully respect Joe's decision.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was frustrated to miss out on the signing of free agent Joe Cole
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|West Ham United||1998-1999||England Premier League||8||0||9||0|
|West Ham United||1999-2000||England Premier League||22||1||31||2|
|West Ham United||2000-2001||England Premier League||30||5||36||5|
|West Ham United||2001-2002||England Premier League||30||0||33||1|
|West Ham United||2002-2003||England Premier League||36||4||40||5|
|Chelsea||2003-2004||England Premier League||35||1||41||3|
|Chelsea||2004-2005||England Premier League||28||8||37||8|
|Chelsea||2005-2006||England Premier League||34||8||41||10|
|Chelsea||2006-2007||England Premier League||13||0||24||1|
|Chelsea||2007-2008||England Premier League||33||7||54||10|
|Chelsea||2008-2009||England Premier League||14||2||20||3|
|Chelsea||2009-2010||England Premier League||26||2||39||2|
|West Ham United||2012-2013||England Premier League||11||2||12||2|
|West Ham United||2013-2014||England Premier League||20||3||25||3|
|Aston Villa||2014-2015||England Premier League||12||1||15||1|
|Aston Villa||2015-2016||Premier League||0||0||1||0|
|Coventry City||2015-2016||England League One||22||2||22||2|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||2016||USA 1||24||9||26||9|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||2017||USA 2||20||6||21||6|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||2018||USA 2||9||2||10||2|