Pitchside Europe: Joe Cole eyes the centre ground at Lille

“Lille president Michel Seydoux has praised Cole’s “intelligent” views on the game and the thoughtful 29-year-old will hope his technical qualities allow him to win the trust of his new employers in a way he managed only fleetingly in England. Cole may never again dazzle as he did in his fearless West Ham youth team days, but he will at least hope to prove once and for all that he can handle the spotlight on centre stage.”

This week’s Pitchside Europe¬†blog, on how Joe Cole’s surprise move to Lille will test his long-held conviction that he can flourish as a central playmaker, can be read here.

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