It seems that many believe that one of our biggest problems in our team at the moment is at left back, so would it be truly unthinkable to try and sign one of the best in the game?
Now firstly, I`m not suggesting that Spurs are seriously considering buying Ashley Cole or that the player would consider joining, however my question is, that, where he to be interested, affordable and available, would you want him and would he benefit the club in terms of added quality, winning mentality and experience. Even, dare I suggest, add a little bit of nasty?
When we consider that Cole isn`t in the Chelsea first team and his contract expires in the summer, there is sure to be interest in a player who may well be thirty-three, but is still for me an outstanding left back and one that remains as good as anyone in his position. I can fully understand the need for England to look to the longer term, but as we witnessed last night and also in his increasingly rare outings for Chelsea, he is still a player who looks hungry and very capable.
As fans, we can look at his past Arsenal and current Chelsea history and a few stories of on and off field misdemeanours, but could or would we ignore them, if he was a player we considered to improve the team? It is impossible to ignore a few ill advised issues from his past, but he also has a first class reputation in the game for being very fit, a great trainer and professional, as well as being an exceptional left back. Could he benefit a young and developing Rose or Fryers, whilst I also have no doubt he would offer inspiration and advise to others, including a more experienced Walker and Naughton, plus the likes of Ryan Fredericks, as they continue to develop.
We perhaps have a precedent in William Gallas in terms of a controversial character and one with genuine Arsenal and Chelsea links, but the signing of Cole, would make that look like a smooth transaction. Few current players seem to attract the hatred of fans like Cole, whether justified or not. Cole is actually a quiet and private man, who might actually be misinterpreted by the public due to such trivialities as marrying Cheryl Cole and taking an Air Gun to a trainee. To be fair, I might not marry Cheryl, but… As for the shooting, lets just call it millionaire high jinx…
As I mentioned earlier, this isn`t a rumour, it isn`t to suggest Cole would join or that we would want or afford him, but if the opportunity knocked, would he be a player you would be happy to see in a Tottenham shirt for a couple of years?..