Cole challenged to stay fit

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce wants Joe Cole to stay fit before discussing a new contract with the midfielder.

Last Updated: 02/11/13 at 11:56 Post Comment

Joe Cole: West Ham midfielder out of contract at the end of the season

Joe Cole: West Ham midfielder out of contract at the end of the season

Cole returned to Upton Park from Liverpool back in January and has scored three goals in 18 appearances in his second spell with West Ham.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and has already spent a month on the sidelines this term with a hamstring injury.

Allardyce is in no rush to arrange a new contract with Cole, who turns 32 next week, and outlined the importance of the player being able to enjoy a consistent run of games.

"It's not about proving his fitness, it's about staying fit," said Allardyce.

"There is a big difference. Joe is fit. Even in his 30s his fitness stats are very good.

"Joe's concern is not picking up injuries. A proven period of time when the injuries do not reoccur is more what we are trying to look for and evaluate.

"At the end of the season we evaluate what the contribution of the players is - not just what he has done in the games he has played, but also how many games he has played.

"If he has only played five and you divide that over his wages, it's pretty expensive.

"That is a really good equation to work by when you talk about new contracts."

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ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

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thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

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