Carlton Cole has been a marmite type player at West Ham since first signing for the club from Chelsea in 2006.
He was undoubtedly a better player in his earlier years at the club, but his commitment and love for the club has kept him at the forefront of a lot of West Ham fans’ hearts even during his tougher, less successful seasons.
But his latest Hammers goal in the 2-0 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Saturday gave him a relatively unlikely lift in the club’s record books.
That goal was his 37th in the Premier League for the Hammers and now takes him up to joint second in the club’s all-time Premier League goal scoring charts, along with Trevor Sinclair.
But hopes of overtaking Paolo Di Canio and becoming the club’s all-time top goal scorer in the Premier League may be short lived if the club decide not to renew his current contract at the club, which expires this week.
West Ham’s top TEN Premier League goal scorers (1992-2014)
This table shows how desperate the club has been for a real prolific goal scorer in the Premier League over the years, with most of the ones we have had not staying around long enough to put Di Canio’s number one spot at risk.