Joe Cole

Boyhood Chelsea supporter Joe Cole was a creative midfielder who won six major honours during his time at the club. 

Cole was a product of the West Ham youth system where his dazzling skill caught the eye at a very young age. He jumped at the chance to move to Stamford Bridge when the Hammers were relegated in 2003, and quickly established himself as a fans' favourite with his touch, vision and creative ability. 

The England international was a major contributor as we won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho. He netted winning goals in both games against Liverpool in the first of those successes, and it was Cole's stunning solo effort that lit up a 3-0 home victory over nearest rivals Manchester United to secure the second. 

Usually deployed out wide in a front three, Cole's two-footedness meant he could play on either wing, and he was equally as capable of beating his man on the inside as he was the outside, adding to his thrill factor. 

Cole won three FA Cups, two League Cups and in his final season, 2009/10, a third Premier League. He produced a seismic performance and scored at Old Trafford in a victory which helped swing a tight title race in our favour with time running out. 

Although he suffered two major injuries during his seven years at Chelsea, Cole still made 282 appearances and scored 39 goals for the Blues. He later played for Lille, among others, where he was a team-mate of Eden Hazard's and helped persuade the Belgian star to choose Chelsea as his next destination. 


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