Could Ashley Cole be the solution to West Brom’s ongoing left-back problem?

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Ashley Cole is available on a free transfer, and West Brom still need a new left-back.

The Baggies are still in the market for a new left-back, with Tony Pulis continuing to utilise Christ Brunt out of position.

Whilst the 30-year-old is acceptable in that role, he comes into his own when featuring on the left of midfield, and his creative play has been absent when pushed back down the field.

The Midlands club are still struggling to create chances, and with Brunt pushed into a deeper role, there is no one to take up the attacking mantle when needed.

Of course, until Pulis signs a new left-back, Brunt will stay in that deeper position, and the manager should be making it his priority to bring in a new defender before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

And there may be the perfect option available on a free transfer.

Ashley Cole left Roma last week after terminating his contract with the club after just one season. He struggled to truly adapt to Serie A, but at the age of 34-years-old, it is likely he still has a few more years ahead of him in top flight football.

Forgetting all his off-pitch issues, Cole is undoubtedly one of the greatest left-backs of the last decade, and he is still an impressive defender despite his age.

He no longer possesses the pace or attacking threat he once utilised so well, but from a defensive standpoint, he retains all his talents.

West Brom need a defender who stays back at all times, and Cole could be that man. With a left-winger deployed ahead of him, Cole would not need to attack frequently, and could instead stay in position preventing attacks.

He is experienced, and is a fantastic leader and organiser of a back-line, making him a perfect signing for Pulis - who likes rigid structures in his defensive unit.

Being available for fee, Cole looks like the perfect option for West Brom, if a short-term deal can be agreed.

The Baggies are running out of options for the troublesome left-back position with the transfer window closing in just over two weeks, and Cole could be the fix that Pulis so desperately needs for the 2015/16 campaign.

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