There is a report in the Sunday Mirror, that Newcastle are lining up a £10M move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole in the summer.
Carlton Cole – not good enough for Newcastle
Let’s say this straight away – we don’t rate Carlton Cole much, and he’s hardly ever been really successful in his career, as he promises much but very rarely delivers, and doesn’t score many goals.
And for £10M, it would hardly be a good deal for Newcastle, although since Alan Pardew worked with the lad at West Ham when he was younger, maybe Alan knows something about Carlton that we don’t.
Alan signed Croydon-born Cole from Chelsea back in 2006 for West Ham for an undisclosed fee, when Cole was 22, and Carlton had began his career with Chelsea back in 2001
But after signing Cole, new Icelandic owners came in and within weeks they sacked Pardew, in December of 2006, but it seems the Newcastle manager has kept his faith in the 6’3″ striker.
Carlton is a good footballer, but for some reason is just not consistent, although he has shown some exceptional skills this season, especially when he hit two great goals in West Ham’s 4-0 defeat of Manchester United in the FA Cup on November 30th.
But we will be less than delighted if Carlton Cole arrives on Tyneside, because he has also looked disinterested far too many times when playing for West Ham this season.
And of course Cole is a not a big goalscorer, and in 239 first class games he has scored only 50 goals, which is just not good enough. Last year (2010) Andy Carroll scored 30 goals, although 19 of those were in the Championship – as a comparison with somebody he will be replacing on Tyneside.
Carlton had 19 England U21 caps with 6 goals, and has played 7 times for the full England side with no goals – but he reminds us far too much of Emile Heskey – a big striker who hardly ever scores goals – which is a striker’s job after all.
And Cole has had a hard job getting his starting place at West Ham this season, and they are second bottom of the Premier League.
That’s how we feel about Carlton, we’re simply not impressed with this player, and don’t think he would be a good buy for Newcastle, especially at £10M, and if Newcastle waste £10M of the £35M fee we got for big Andy, it will make the Carroll deal look even less good.
What do you think?