Player #875

Appearances:

16

Starts:

5

Goals:

1

Seasons:

2

Joe Cole
Joe Cole

Source: Football card #32 Joe Cole issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2014-15 series, 2014.

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Joe Cole
Joe Cole

Source: Football card #32 Joe Cole issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2014-15 series, 2014.

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Joe Cole

Position

Midfielder

From

2014-15

To

2015-16

IMAGE CREDIT

Joe Cole

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

32
33

Division

PL
PL

Appearances

16
15
1

Starts

5
5
0

Substitute

11
10
1

Unused

13
10
3

Goals

1
1
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Joseph John Cole

Birth Date

Sunday, 8 November 1981

Birth Place

Paddington, London

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

West Ham United

From

For

Free

On

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Previous Clubs

1998-03 West Ham United |
2003-10 Chelsea, £8.91m |
2010-13 Liverpool, Free |
2011-12 Lille OSC (L) |
2013-14 West Ham United, Free |

Loans Out

2015-16 Coventry City, 19 Oct 2015 to 3 Jan 2016, 7 (1) |

Transfer Out

To

Coventry City

For

Free

On

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Subsequent Clubs

2016 Coventry City, Free |
2016-18 Tampa Bay Rowdies, Free |

Joe Cole
Joe Cole

Source: Football card #32 Joe Cole issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2014-15 series, 2014.

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Joe Cole
Joe Cole

Source: Football card #32 Joe Cole issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2014-15 series, 2014.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

2014-16 Aston Villa, Free, 5 (11) | 1 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Paul Lambert |
Tim Sherwood |
Rémi Garde |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Debut Appearance

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Leyton Orient (h), League Cup

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Final Appearance

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Notts County (h), League Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Honours

2014-15 FA Cup Runners Up |

Height

(5 ft 7 in) 1.7 m

Foot

Right

International Team

England

Joe Cole

Player #875 for Aston Villa, Joseph John Cole known as Joe Cole played as a midfielder for the club in Villa’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 Premier League campaigns, with the latter ending in Villa’s first relegation from the top tier in nearly 30 years. Joe made 16 appearances and scored 1 goal.

Joe was born in Paddington on 8 November 1981.

Paul Lambert had signed Joe from West Ham United on a free transfer in July 2014 in a total about turn on transfer policy. Gone were the lower league imports and in came an equally unfathomable approach - signing ageing, faltering and in some cases downright failed players with ‘Big 6’ club history but who had long ago discarded them.

In summary Cole, ex-Liverpool and Chelsea, arrived, got injured and left.

Indeed Joe arrived injured, which didn’t bode well, but he recovered to make his first team bow in the League Cup 2nd Round defeat to Leyton Orient on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 before injury struck again. Joe had to wait until Saturday, 18 October 2014 to make his Premier League debut for Villa in the 0-3 defeat at Everton after coming on as an 81’ substitute for Christian Benteke. Cole appeared as a substitute in the following match coming on after 70’ for Ashley Westwood in Villa’s 0-2 defeat at QPR.

With his first three appearances for the club ending in hapless defeats under Lambert there were few signs that Cole’s signing was a catalyst for the team, however after sitting out the next 3 fixtures, Lambert recalled Cole to the starting line up and in his first Premier League start for Villa he scored in the 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday, 29 November 2014, his only goal for the club. Cole’s next start in the following game ended in Villa’s first win in 10 games but yet again Joe succumbed to injury.

By the time Joe returned, Lambert’s reign was in its death throes and after five successive Premier League defeats in which Joe was involved in three, Lambert was gone.

Lambert’s successor Tim Sherwood preferred a younger first XI and Cole would have to wait until Saturday, 4 April 2015 to make his reappearance as a 77’ minute substitute for Andreas Weimann in the 1-3 loss at Manchester United with Cole providing the assist for Christian Benteke’s 80’ consolation strike.

Sherwood would name Cole in 7 successive squads, making 5 substitute appearances before being named on the bench for the 2015 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, Cole however remained on the bench as Villa lost convincingly.

2015-16 saw interim manager Sherwood surprisingly kept in post and with a major, though disjointed overhaul of the squad having taken place in the close season, it was clear that Cole’s playing time at Villa would be severely limited.

Although Cole was named in the squad for the first Premier League game of the season on Saturday, 8 August 2015 with Villa recording what would turn out to be a rare victory, he remained an unused substitute and would make his final appearance for Villa on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 in the 5-3 League Cup win over Notts County coming on as a substitute for Adama Traoré on 60’.

Cole would go on to make two further unused substitute appearances before moving on loan to Coventry City in October 2015 ahead of a permanent move on a free transfer aged 34 in January 2016.

Cole had played under Paul Lambert and Tim Sherwood.