Joe Cole made a return to West Ham in the transfer window. How has he been getting on?
Just by watching him, it is clear Joe Cole has been revitalised by his return to Upton Park.
The club where he made a name for himself as a youngster rescued him from his Liverpool nightmare, where lack of opportunities, injuries and intense pressure made this season a non-starter for him.
Now he looks like a player enjoying his football once again, rather than one who is simply trying too hard to impress all of the time and playing with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Cole has already scored two Premier League goals for the Hammers, the most recent coming on Monday night against Tottenham which had at one stage looked like it could be the winner before Gylfi Sigurdsson and Gareth Bale turned it around for the visitors.
Is there a way we can measure Joe Cole's impact over his first six Premier League games in comparison to his existing teammates? In this world of statistics, of course there is...
- Joe Cole ranks third in the West Ham squad in shots per game, with 1.7 and 10 in total, with only Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll above him.
- Cole is already West Ham's chief creator. He has supplied an average of 2.5 key passes per game, leading to goalscoring opportunities, the highest in the squad with Mark Noble second with 1.5 per game.
- He is West Ham's fourth most successful dribbler in the squad, averaging 0.5 per game, behind only Vaz Te, Demel, and Diame.
- Cole makes more passes per game than almost any other West Ham player, averaging 33. Only Mark Noble ranks above him with 55.6.
- Cole's pass completion rate of 80.3 per cent is the fifth highest in the Hammer squad, with Mohamed Diame (82.9) topping the category.
What do you think of Cole's return so far? Has he impressed you?
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