According to numerous reports, Roma manager Rudi Garcia is not convinced that Ashley Cole fits in with his style and has already instructed the club’s hierarchy to find a suitable replacement for when the transfer window reopens in January.
Ashley Cole is also said to be keen on a move back to the Premier League, with apparent interest from Manchester United, and could look to be back as soon as January.
In light of those recent reports, we've decided to take a look at why he is the ideal transfer target for Mauricio Pochettino to focus on this summer.
1) Ben Davies and Danny Rose:
Ashley Cole has won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and a Champions League trophy. He has also played 566 games in all competitions during his time at both Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as 107 caps for England. A gold mine of experience Pochettino could use to help develop his current two full-backs Ben Davies and Danny Rose.
The 21-year-old Welsh international has played just 18 minutes of football for Spurs in the Premier League this season, although he had started all three of Spurs’ Europa League matches. He is a player with a tremendous amount of ability, but the only experience he can draw upon is the slightly older, and first-choice full-back, Danny Rose. A situation that is hardly ideal.
Danny Rose, despite cementing his place as Spurs’ first choice, is yet to be recognised by England largely due to the competition of Kieran Gibbs, Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines. At 24, Rose is considered a good Premier League defender, but if he wants to hit the heights of his potential then he needs to add that extra edge. Ashley Cole, who had a similar style of play to Rose in his younger years, could help him add that to his game and assist him in progressing into the England set-up.
The experience, not only for the other full-backs, but for the team could be invaluable to Tottenham as they cry out for leaders around the pitch to aid the likes of Younes Kaboul.
Cole has been there and done just about everything there is in football and would definitely add a winning mentality to a Spurs side with very little major silverware on their CV. It’s a trait that can certainly resonate around the squad, adding professionalism and application to the young and inexperienced.
Although he wouldn't necessarily be a week-in, week-out regular at White Hart Lane, he would certainly improve the quality of the squad and would offer invaluable experience off it.
If he is allowed to leave Roma for free, or a small fee, then Spurs must ensure that they’re the side that wins his signature. The lure of returning to London for Cole will certainly play in their favour and if they can put together a good deal then there is no reason he wouldn't join.