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Premiership Player Profile – Carlton Cole

The Premiership Player Profile today, features the profile of West Ham striker, Carlton Cole.

Currently playing for West Ham United, Cole began his career at Chelsea making his debut in 2001.
Under Claudio Ranieri, Cole was described as “one of the best youngsters he had ever coached” and was set to feature in Ranieri’s long term plans.
However, due to competition in the striking department at the Stamford Bridge club, Cole was loaned out to Wolves in a bid for first team appearances. Cole made seven appearances for Wolves, scoring one goal in the process.
The following season, Cole was sent out on loan again, this time to Charlton Athletic. The Chelsea trainee amassed twenty two appearances in all competitions, notching up five goals on the way. The Addicks were keen to keep Cole, but Chelsea loaned him out to Aston Villa instead.
Cole made thirty appearances for Villa, scoring three goals before returning to Chelsea.
On his return, Cole found first team chances limited by the presence of Didier Drogba and Hernan Crespo and so, signed for West Ham United in 2006 for an undisclosed fee.
Cole settled at West Ham and began to find his feet, as he ended an impressive appearance in 2007/2008, netting six times, and aiding his team mates on nine different occasions.
However, it was the 2008/2009 season in which Cole emerged as the player Chelsea saw the potential of at a young age.  Cole ended the season by scoring twelve times, doubling his tally from the season before.

Carlton Cole played for Chelsea before transferring to Upton Park in 2006.

Cole has been recognized for his aerial presence and strength in particular. Cole’s ability to hold up the ball and win headers has to led to appreciation from pundits and managers, but more importantly England coach Fabio Capello who is always on the lookout for strikers to take to the forthcoming World Cup.
The West Ham striker’s strength can prove to be a handful for any defence and his ability to score headers  is a bonus for any team.

Cole’s aerial presence and strength is a threat to any defence.

This season has seen Carlton Cole at arguably, his best. From the thirteen league games, Cole has scored an impressive seven goals. However, Cole has not featured for West Ham since the 28th November when he damaged knee ligaments in West Ham’s 5-3 win over Burnley.
During his time at Upton Park, Cole’s impressive performances led to call ups to the England squad. He gained his first call up at the beginning of 2009 coming on as sub against European Champions Spain. The 26 year old was also named in the England squad for games against Slovakia and Ukraine.
With Cole returning from injury towards the end of January, fans hope the England International can keep his impressive season up, to stake a claim for a spot on the England National team, come the World Cup 2010.

The West Ham striker will hope to add to his tally this season, as he competes for a spot in the England team for the World Cup.

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