Wembley

Next Game

Arsenal v A Villa

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 17:30

The FA Cup Final

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 0 - 1 Burnley

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Lambert: Cole can make impact

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is convinced former England international Joe Cole still has the fight and determination to make an impact in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 10/07/14 at 11:37 Post Comment

Joe Cole: Signed for Aston Villa this summer

Joe Cole: Signed for Aston Villa this summer

The 32-year-old midfielder signed for Villa after his contract with West Ham ended last month when he agreed to become part of Lambert’s squad.

After rising to prominence as a teenager, Cole won 56 England caps during a career which took him from Upton Park to Chelsea, Liverpool and Lille, but his contribution has diminished in recent seasons.

However, Lambert is convinced he still has what it takes to succeed and perform at the highest level.

The Villa boss told the Birmingham Mail: "As soon as you start to lose the fire from your stomach as a footballer, there's no point.

"He still wants to do really well and he's still hungry to do really well.

“That's a sign of a top, top player.

“If you have still got the attributes at that age that you had when you were 16 or 17 starting out, you will not go far wrong.

“He can make things happen. If he can perform the way I know he can then we have got a really good player on our hands.”

Lambert says he was keen to snap up Cole as soon as he found out that the midfielder had become available, as he believes the former Chelsea man’s experience will be hugely beneficial.

“That one intrigued me, when I noticed all of it I thought ‘I am going to try and see if we can do something’,’’ he added.

“He has won things at the highest level, played in masses of big games, massive England games and knows what it’s like to win things.”

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

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?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

Footer 365

Palestine FA withdraws motion to suspend Israel from FIFA

The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has dropped its motion to suspend Israel from FIFA.

Bomb threat confirmed on FIFA election day in Zurich

A bomb threat and a political protest have disrupted FIFA's congress on the day Sepp Blatter's critics hope will signal his exit.

Jack Warner hits out at USA after being charged in corruption case

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has hit out at the United States after he was charged in a US corruption case.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company