Eyebrows were raised last month when Derby County boss Frank Lampard persuaded Ashley Cole to join his promotion-chasing side and former England man has been speaking about the switch on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
The Rams are seventh in the Championship level on points with Bristol City who currently hold the last play-off position.
Cole was released by LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season back in November and it was unsure what the future would hold.
The 38-year-old has played close to 400 Premier League games and has won 107 England caps during an illustrious career.
Given that he isn’t getting any younger his arrival at Pride Park has naturally been greeted with some intrigue.
Lampard clearly feels that his former team-mate can do a job; whilst some recent comments from Cole might have quashed any fears over his commitment to the Rams’ promotion cause.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (Monday 4th February 2019, 7pm), Cole seemed in good spirits over his move to the East Midlands, commenting: “I still love the game. I got player of the year last year in LA Galaxy. I still felt good, fit. The opportunity came along where I still felt like I had something to give and here I am.
“I had a conversation with Frank and he knows how I am. He knew I still wanted to come back and play and I think the young left back there decided to go back on loan and he gave me the message and I jumped at the chance to be back in England playing for Lampard, or should I say gaffer, now. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and getting started.”
Eagerly anticipated debut
The veteran is yet to make his debut for Derby but he could be in contention for this weekend’s game with Hull City.
Very few clubs in the Championship will boast a player with Cole’s experience and these latest comments will excite Derby supporters.
It would cap a fine first season in management if Lampard can guide Derby to the Premier League and if Cole gets up to scratch quickly he could help him achieve that.
The Rams currently have a relatively young squad and the wisdom of Cole could give them the edge on their promotion rivals in the coming months.