Joe Cole is being heavily linked with a loan move to Queens Park Rangers this January.
Here are five reasons he should try and push through the deal.
Regardless of how inconsistent Cole has been for Liverpool, he will get playing time if he joins QPR. He has a great deal of experience and Harry Redknapp has admitted to appreciating Cole both as a professional and as a person. He is only going to get better and go back to Liverpool with a stronger claim for a first team slot if he goes and gets games at another club.
He would have complete belief from the manager if he went to QPR and played under Redknapp. The reason he hasn’t been playing for Liverpool is because Brendan Rodgers does not believe he can do a good job in the Liverpool first team apart from sporadic appearances in the Europa League.
There is no doubt that a move to QPR would do wonders for his confidence. Cole seems like a confidence player and if he is happy and playing regularly, his confidence will grow and QPR could get a vague flashback to the days of when Cole terrorised defences in the Premier League wearing a West Ham and Chelsea shirt.
The QPR Squad
The QPR squad is filled with talented players that can aid Cole’s game so that he becomes a more effective player. One of the reasons he struggles at Liverpool is because he doesn’t have the calibre of players around him to do most of the leg work as he lacks the pace he once had. This may sound a little ironic considering the league positions of each club but it’s a valid point to make. Other players can make runs off of Cole which will allow him to cave in to his natural creative instincts.
Cole has been involved in most Liverpool Europa League squads which has meant a lot of travelling around Europe and then training in preparation for a weekend game. He will not have this at QPR, the sole focus of the club will be survival in the Premier League and a domestic conquest with the FA Cup. Less travelling means Cole will stay fitter and less likely to pick up an injury.
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