Aston Villa's purchase of former Chelsea and West Ham United star has divided opinion on social media.
A library of injury reports and a past prime status have prevented some Aston Villa fans from getting exciting over the club's acquisition of former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, 32, who passed a medical evaluation at Bodymoor Heath earlier today, Tuesday, after exchanging contracts yesterday.
Cole was released by West Ham United in May. The Englishman was a Hammers academy product in 1998, graduated to the senior squad and excelled for four consistent years before Chelsea secured his services in 2003. Cole then joined Liverpool, spent a season on loan at Lille and rejoined the Irons in 2012.
A former international capped 56 times by England, Cole's career is more a question of what could have been, as the technically-adept attacker has been plagued by injury having suffered knee problems at the start of his professional career, two knee ligament crises whilst at Chelsea (one medial, one anterior cruciate) and, in the last four years, there have been six reported hamstring issues.
Such problems have been noted by Villa fans, with one social media account stating on Twitter: "Joe Cole survived his medical."
Other supporters believe the club would have been wiser to revisit their interest in Wes Hoolahan, who is "playing the best football of his life" rather than a player whose "sell by date was five years ago."
However, there has been positive reaction to the Cole deal, with some fans hopeful the player can roll back the years to when he stunned Sweden with a long-range superbly struck goal for England in 2006 and that he represents a strong buy considering Villa's midfield lacks creativity and experience - two things he provides.
If Joe Cole gets anywhere near the heights of that goal against Sweden in 2006, I'll be pretty happy. #avfc— Andrew Roden (@andrewroden) June 10, 2014
Are Lerner and Lambert trying to get #AVFC relegated Senderos and Joe Cole Seriously WTF?— Ty Kropp (@tizlad) June 10, 2014
Am I the only one who thinks Joe Cole joining #AVFC is a good move for all involved?— Matt Squires (@matthewtsquires) June 10, 2014
The Villa midfield lacks creativity and experience. Joe Cole has both. So why not bring him in? #avfc— Anthony Webster (@Machiaveli1980) June 10, 2014
Joe Cole signed, what's the bet he'll pick up a training injury right before the season starts #avfc— Josiah Doal (@Josiah_42) June 10, 2014
If only it was 2004 Joe Cole would be a great signing #avfc— Nathan Fellows (@fellows_nathan) June 10, 2014