Should West Ham sell Carlton Cole to free up the transfer kitty?By: Angus Morrissey | November 30th, 2010
Carlton Cole could be on his way to Liverpool in January after publicly criticising the tactics of West Ham manager Avram Grant. The 27-year old described the Hammers’ performance against Liverpool as “diabolical” while questioning Grant’s formation as Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted to tracking the player last summer.
The rant is possibly down to the lack of first team starts the Englishmen has received during the club’s poor run of results lately.
Cole’s record over the past 2 years speaks for itself. In the 2008/09 season he scored 12 goals, as well as picking up a further 4 assists as he finished the season as West Ham’s top scorer. He also got called up by Fabio Capello to the England squad at the back end of the season.
The following season he netted 10 league goals in 30 appearances, 26 of which were starts as he once again finished on top of the goal scoring charts for the Hammers. Carlton Cole has shown before that he can score the goals needed to help his East London team to avoid the drop this season.
If the reason to sell the 27-year old is to free up the transfer kitty it is almost guaranteed West Ham will not be able to get a player of similar or greater quality of Carlton Cole.
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