Joe Cole explains how he has been helping Aston Villa’s summer signings

Joe Cole has been assisting Aston Villa's summer recruits.

Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole has revealed how he has been helping the club's summer signings settle in at the Midlands outfit. 

The most recent transfer window saw the arrival of no less than 10 senior players at Villa Park, including the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Amavi - all of whom made the switch from the French top flight. 

Having spent a brief spell of his career away from his across the pond, 33-year-old Cole is perhaps the perfect player when it comes to empathising with the transition faced by his new team-mates.

In quotes published by the club's official website, the former England international has explained how he has been assisting the integration of Villa's latest recruits. 

"I know from my time at Lille that it's tough to move to a new country to play your football," he said.

"I make sure that I give the new guys time and let them know if they need anything they can always ask."

"If you move house it's a tough time, if you move school it's a tough time, so with a football club it's no different, especially when you go to a different country."

"There are a lot of things to think of."

"I'm here for them because I've experienced moving to a new environment."

Cole made 32 league appearances while on loan at Lille from Liverpool, scoring four goals, before making his return to England with West Ham United.

After a season with the Hammers, the veteran midfielder made the switch to Villa Park, where he went on to make 12 appearances.

This season he is yet to feature for Tim Sherwood’s side. However, he is clearly still having an important influence when it comes to his off-field duties.

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