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Cole: I've been waiting on you

Filed: Thursday, 18th December 2014
By: Staff Writer

Carlton Cole admits he would love to be playing a greater part in West Ham's success this season - but remains happy at the Boleyn.

Cole, who has been at West Ham for eight years - making him the club's third longest-serving player behind Academy stars Mark Noble and James Tomkins - has made just four starts this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes.

And whilst he is disappointed at having played such a limited role so far, the 31-year-old insists that he won't be demanding further playing time and is happy to wait for a chance.

That may well come in January when leading goalscorer Diafra Sakho heads to the African Cup of Nations with fellow Hammers Cheik Kouyate and Alex Song. Either way, Cole insists he is happy to wait for an opportunity.

"The manager has explained the situation to everybody," he told the Standard's Giuseppe Muro. "When I get my chance to step in, I have to make sure I am ready. Not everyone can play every week and everyone has to be on their toes.

"You have to swallow your pride sometimes when you are not playing and get on with it. I am celebrating when Andy scores, when Sakho scores or when Valencia scores. And if I score, I am sure they are celebrating too.

"I am not playing as much as I want but I am a West Ham fan and I want to see us do well. It is about the team, so whether or not I am playing is not a problem.

"Everyone has their own way of dealing with disappointment. What would happen if I went knocking on the gafferís door? He would probably try and knock me out! You have just got to be professional, wait your turn and make sure you are ready when the manager needs you."

To read the full interview, visit the Evening Standard.

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