Joe Cole (Midfielder)
8th Nov 1981 (Paddington, England)Signed:
4th Jan 2013 (£0)Contract:
1½ yearsPrevious Club:
Player of the Year 2002/03; Young Player of the Year (runner up) 2001/02, (third place) 1997, 1997/98, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03; Most Improved Player (runner-up) 2002/03, (third place) 2000/01, 2001/02.
Joe Cole was one of the most promising young players to emerge from the West Ham Academy during the 1990s. Having briefly lit up the Boleyn Ground with his talent, relegation at the end of the 2002/03 season saw him move to Chelsea for £6million.
Nearly a decade after having left West Ham, Sam Allardyce brought Cole back to his spiritual home, to the delight of many Hammers fans. He made his second debut in the FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United in which he created both of West Ham's goals.