Possibly one of Chelsea’s best ever pound-for-pound signing, today marks the day when Joe Cole finally hangs up his boots.
After a career that’s stretched 20 years and three different countries, he’ll definitely go down as a Chelsea legend.
Cole joined Chelsea in 2003 for just £6.6m and was at Stamford Bridge from 2003 to 2010.
During that time, he made 281 appearances, scored 40 goals and played a part in Chelsea’s 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10 Premier League wins.
So, to commemorate the former England man’s time in West London, let’s look back at some of his best goals in the Chelsea shirt:
Vs Manchester United, 2010
Cole’s first touch was something that earned him rave reviews, and was one of his main assets.
And this was on full display at Old Trafford as he beautifully flicked in from close range to give the Blues the lead.
It proved a vital goal in the Premier League title race as it helped them leapfrog Manchester United and gave them a lead they didn’t relinquish.
Vs Everton, 2008
Once again Cole’s first touch was on full display in this wonderful goal.
Florent Malouda’s long pass was coming over Cole’s left shoulder and he was able to perfect control it with one touch and then score with the next.
Vs Norwich, 2005
This goal typified what type of player Cole was.
Often thought to be too lightweight and not hard enough, Cole showed his toughness in this goal.
He bounced right up after being clattered by one defender, won a 50/50 challenge to maintain possession and then still had the ability to smash it into the top corner.
Another corker from Joe Cole v Norwich pic.twitter.com/Q3htcBYCwV
— TerrenceTheCat (@TerrenceTheCat) February 28, 2016
Vs Manchester United, 2006
This is definitely the pick of the bunch.
Cole was up against possibly the best centre-back pairing in Premier League history in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
But his deft footwork reduced them to Sunday League defenders as he skipped between them on his way to score.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 16, 2015