Joe Cole: Will He Do A Chris Waddle Or A Chris Kiwomya?

Alan Duffy

8th, September 2011


By Alan Duffy

With his disastrous spell at Liverpool now behind him, tricky schemer Joe Cole is looking to kickstart his career with French champions Lille.

Talking to BBC Sport, the 29-year-old is confident he will rediscover his best form across the Channel.

“I’ve won everything in England and had a successful career, ” he said. “”In 10 games I’ll be back playing my best football and I see no reason why I won’t get back in the England team.”

In moving on loan to Lille, the former Hammer follows a rather lean list of English players who have played in France, a list which includes only a few real successes but many, many failures.

Chris Waddle, who remains the last English player to score in the French top tier (in the early nineties) was a massive success with Marseilles while Glenn Hoddle, Mark Hateley and Trevor Steven had impressive spells in Ligue 1. However, at the other end of the scale are the likes of Lee Chapman, Chris Makin and former Arsenal man Chris Kiwomya, who spent an uneventful loan period with Le Harve back in 1997.

So will Cole be seeing Diamond Lights in France, or is it a last throw of the dice which is destined to end in a cross-channel catastrophe?

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  1. Romain says:

    Chris Kiwomya played one game with the reserve team for Le Havre, when they saw him play, many supporters though it was a scam.

  2. C says:

    I’d love for him to have an awesome season, and then return to Liverpool and actually deliver.

    But I highly doubt it.

  3. Peter says:

    Won everything in england? Can’t remember him winning the Champions League.

  4. Jon says:

    He’s only 29?

  5. Paul says:

    Premier League
    Football League Cup
    FA Cup
    FA Community Shield (if that really counts)

    Sorry to say this but the man has won everything in England (the top trophies that is). The Champions League isn’t purely an English competition although in the last few years you would forgive me for saying it has been looking that way.

    Also @Chris love the Diamond lights reference i was most entertained and it persuaded me to watch it on YouTube about 5/6 times on the spin. Although with those vocals, lyrics, mullets and their stage presence there wasn’t away around it.

  6. Sensible Soccer says:

    “Won everything in england? Can’t remember him winning the Champions League.”

    The Champions League isn’t an English tournament you idiot.

  7. Alan Duffy says:


    I(Alan) wrote the article with the wondrous Diamond Lights reference.

    It is one of the great pop records of our time.

  8. Paul says:

    @Alan sorry about that i was in total awe of the brilliance that is Diamond Lights, and the constant references to the fantastic footballing Chris’s frazzled my brain into thinking Mr. Wright had written the one line that had made my day. My sincerer apologies and hats off to you, and I will now use a line from that wondrous masterpiece to what I was feeling like after the realisation of my error……
    “The colours change rearrange my life. Can’t explain so afraid tonight”

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