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Ashley Cole?

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?..




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Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 6 2014

Time: 9:43AM

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Only 25 days to April Fools, Ox!

Really dislike the guy, but he is a class left back. And if we can accept getting an ex Arsenal player in Ade, then there should be no problem here. Personal feelings aside, I will say no, because I think he is too old.
SpursEagle
just to clarify, he was 33 in December, and does have a great reputation as a natural athlete who is a great trainer and very fit
oxfordspur
Ah, wicked ... just popped my "1st" Cherry!

Off out for a smoke
SpursEagle
Maybe bring him in until a younger option becomes available. Or, failing that, give Rose or Fryers the chance to make the position their own. I'd prefer that option to bringing in Cole on what I feel would have no long term benefit to the team
SpursEagle
I would question his motivation, being at the age he is, coming to a club like ours after playing for 2 of our rivals. If we had Harry still as a manager I would probably be slightly more open minded as Harry has a knack of getting players like him to perform to a high standard despite the club they represent. In saying that Cole couldn't be any worse than our existing LB.
coys1717
His wages would be a problem for starters but I'd rather go for the highly talented Shaw or Ben Davies of Swansea. Cole is a good solution and clearly could play for another 3 seasons at the highest level. COYS!
James1
He has a dodgy ankle and 34 years young December next year. Let Man Utd or Liverpool sign him or Harry Redknapp as its his type/age target, "great lad". Not an upgrade on Danny Rose who is still learning and improving.
camper
...just to clarify: the suggestion is to approach the quality of Chelsea by signing the players that are no longer good enough for them...? Unlike previous such suggestions: Micah Richards & Lescott, at least Ashley Cole has actually been England's most consistent performer for ages.... So the link has more validity, but not ideal for Spurs right now. The best for us is to perhaps get a 3rd younger LB, and have the trio of Rose, Fryers & new guy to EARN the right to play. As opposed to getting Cole, who would expect to play. Don't get me wrong, I believe the guy gives 100% no matter what, but I do feel that his powers have dimished lately.
TonyRich
dimished....is that a word...? It is now.....
TonyRich
Might not be a bad option if he's willing to take a pay cut.
Ossie
Absolutely. I was saying this to my brother the other day. Proven premiership player, look at our current imports, they have hardly settled well. I'm not bothered about the arsenal connections, he hasn't played there for so long and obviously wasn't bothered about them otherwise he would not have left.
The Hudd
i'LL 2nd James1 for Shaw, the guy looks like like he's going to be class in a few years time, not that I think Levy would fork out the money to get him.
coys1717
Not a chance!
Mix26
haha you spurs are just a laughing stock!!! See you on channel 5 again.....bye bye....yours AVB
austriablue
Or chambers! Even more highly touted than shaw. I dislike cole, think he's too old, and as good a player as he is, I think I would vomit if I had to cheer his name at the lane!
Dublin Hotspur
He's certainly better than Danny Rose. He'll still be better than Danny Rose in 7 tears time when he's 40.
SpuriousLife
7 'years' - sorry, Freudian slip!
SpuriousLife
James .. I agree!
Geofspurs
Re Dublin's article on the previous thread ... Yea, where are you?!
Geofspurs
Cole is most definitely not needed at Spurs. (Too old). If I was to choose anyone from the PL with experience, it would be Baines.... (Luke Shaw is only 18 and he impressed me more last night)... I see no problem with using Rose and Fryers anyway.
MAN ON!
Ox, nice thought, but imo, a no go! C'mon, we are building for the future and not just for 6 to 12 months. So far our YOUNG left backs have been required to bomb up the pitch on regular occasions whilst the neglecting their defensive role...WHY?...simple, because we don't have a natural left winger ala Bale. I would be interested in developing our existing youngsters in that area if we can fine a GOOD left winger. The defender can then concentrate on his main role. Besides, what have we got Balding in for if not to scout and identify potential/experience? If we can sell Rose, I'd re-invest the money + more and get a seasoned PL player, but not another European untested/untried expecting gelling. COYS!
Critical_Spur
If Cole is surplus to requirements at Chelsea, or A N Other player at another PL club, should we go for them, or go for a player who would make Cole and the likes surplus to our requirements? The latter option for me (If it all makes sense)!
Dublin Hotspur
Critical, I think the problem with Rose, and to a point Walker, is that they are aspiring wingers, and naturally want to go forward. Rose especially, and he doesn't want to go back to quickly either! an option might be to try him on the wing once we get a proper LB, and have Fryers mentored by them. He's learning nothing with us about being a full back at the moment, so I can't see him progressing too much as things stand!
Dublin Hotspur
MAN ON ... Not sure about Rose yet, but certainly think fryers should get a chance to prove himself ... although Cole could be of use short-term, or BAE!
Geofspurs
Ox id like a big of what you've been smoking today! Must be some good stuff! There is no way that cole would ever play for us, his ego is far too big to play for a small club like us out of champions league! He will either extend with Chelsea or go abroad for ridiculous retirement money. I'd take the tit in a heart beat bug he would never join
spurticus87
Dublin, I agree with you ref aspiring wingers. But imo, because of their forays up field, the impact on Dawson and Vertonghen's performance is detrimental as they are constantly required to cover for them. Also, Lennon's performance as a winger is severely jeopardised due to FB's ending up in no man's land!. I wouldn't mind if our FB's surges were productive. Neither of them have any impact in the final 3rd.
Critical_Spur
spurticus, agree with you. More likely he will end up like Defoe heading across the pond to get a retirement pay cheque!....By across the pond, I don't mean Dunlinland!
Critical_Spur
Retirement at 34 lol!. I wished I was that privileged!
Critical_Spur
Ca$hley Col£'s next move will probably be to the UAE. he has a home in Dubai, spends much of his free time there and will get the best contract possible at his age. #semi retirement
spurs-stelios
I would rather us sign Cheryl Cole,
spu 4 life
Cricket: Barry Roux the Pistolrius lawyer says it was a cricket bat hitting the bathroom door, well I've played a few shot's at cricket myself, never killed anyone though with a cover drive!!!
spu 4 life
Yeah Critical, I totally agree, its kind of what I was trying to put across, but obviously did a terrible job! My suggestion was to give Rose a shot ay actually playing as a winger, and take him away from LB position completely, and replace with a bonafide LB who can mentor Fryers or the like! We did the same with Bale and look what happened. I'm in no way suggesting Rose is any where near BG in the talent stakes, in fact I don't rate him at all, but that is all based on him being our LB. he might not cut it as a winger, if thats the case get rid, but he might do ok, and even suffice for backup!
trouble is, I don't like Townsend on the Right or left, and Walker needs to stay in position more effectively! our wings are both a bit of a mess, and hence there is pressure on the CB's and the midfield is getting too congested!
Dublin Hotspur
Good player but as already said I don't think that he would come to us or that we would match his wage demands. I certainly couldn't imagine him listening to TS.
longtimespur
err no fckin way what are we the team where old players are put out to pasture, Cole is without a doubt a good player, but too old & to many niggly injuries, maybe with our injury record instead of a new training ground we should have built a hospital with a old folks home attached !
totuae
Yeah Critical, don't send him here… we don't want him!
Dublin Hotspur
Coops; Did you get your boxing tickets? I don't mind her accent to be honest, she's right up my street, love the body art, I would like to make her rose bloom !!!
spu 4 life
As for Cashley Cole, no thanks, someone mentioned Ben Davies the Swansea player age 20, on a closer look at him, Yes I would go for him, no idea of his value, but I would guess between 10-to-15m?
spu 4 life
SPU 4 Life, Good word for Our Conor coming out of Dessie Hughes' stable. any whispers or fancies your end? might put a thread up on Sunday where anyone who is interested in Cheltenham Races can share info or fancies! That be ok Ox?
Dublin Hotspur
Will probably be a good defender for another year or two but attacking threat will be limited. Don't really see it as worth the hassle, if we had a Redknapp type manager that would know how to use him then it would be considerable but we don't. Go for someone better unless Rose of Fryers make the place their own in the next 10 weeks.
T.H.F.Chris
Can Cheryl play? She can't sing.
MAN ON!
MAN ON ..... with me she can but will she............... play!
longtimespur
I've just seen this on Vital Everton... Spurs to raid Everton in the summer .... would we go for Miralles???
longtimespur
Well, Chelsea seem to have an abundance of ****s in their squad…you know this could mean they are changing their colors by offloading a few? On topic, he’s is a good player but probably has lost a yard or 2. He is 33 so is getting on a bit, he will be looking for one decent pay check like the Sagna links to inter (albeit he is only 28) but won’t want to drop down too many levels. Can’t see this happening and he will see it out at chelsea. Never mind chav fans. I would be good to have him on derby days though. COYS.
SpursOne2
I'm with James1 here - it'd wreck three sets of supporters - Chavs, Scum and US!!!! For me Davies is good bet with Fryers as CB! Danny - a Maccam surely? To echo ghulamville : 'no thanks!'
Highgatespur
Gotta say copse the same thought runs through me whenever I see Coleman play! Doubt he'll leave Everloan - there must be a youngster at the club playing LB - like Shaw!!!
Highgatespur
Dublin; First one is have a butchers at telegraph fantasy racing 2014 cheltenham, free to enter.
spu 4 life
Will do. Cheers mate! Adds a bit more. Decent daily and full festival sweeps In the pub too, so keeps the interest up!
Dublin Hotspur
One very good LB is Light & Bitter
spu 4 life
Coops hate to say this after last night I think Shaw could be heading off somewhere else (hopefully not Chelski!)… it's weird all those players, those facilities yet no LB! Spu - that's a nice description of Rose and cashley...
Highgatespur
Looks like Agger did a job on Wilshere last night. He's out for 6 weeks at least.
MAN ON!
Wicked man on, we both cheered it on! "Down jack, down boy"
Dublin Hotspur
Ashley Cole, overrated and past it.
matt hoten
Cole is too old.. next suggestion please coopsie. .
Block D Spurs
Man On! Feel sorry for the guy!
Highgatespur
Dublin - have you forgotten that Rose converted to LB due to hi s flagging career as a winger ? Anyway his latest attempts on the whole leave a lot to be desired ? I'd favour Coleman or the french guy ?
Highgatespur
Man On, Dublin; Seems like there was an echo across these isles when Agger tackled the Scrot!!
Highgatespur
Highgatespur; Coleman a excellent right full back, I think the french guy your thinking about, is a left back Dijon, Coleman on the right and Dijon on the left a couple of hot full backs who are mustard !!!
spu 4 life
Spu - although I like Walker - he gets a hard deal from us I think. Levy will succumb soon over a big offer from him, I was thinking of Digne as in Coopsie's post! Anything to strengthen the back four...
Highgatespur
We need a LB who can run up and down the line, positional awareness, and can have 4 years of playing for us.. Cole does not qualify on all accounts. It is going back to Harry's aging players transfer in.. a short term fix...
Block D Spurs
spu ... After a few Light and Bitters nobody would care who the LB is! lol
Geofspurs
Long time in the wilderness for both these players Coopsie. And with our track record of breaking defenders, Richards injury history would be a worry.
Slurms McKenzie
Coopsie - that's the art of supporting Spurs - following all those rumours!!!! Still waiting for Hulk, Demaio...
Highgatespur
I think you are in a good crowd there Coopsie - that day will hopefully come along!!!
Highgatespur
 

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