Every club has a player who splits opinions amongst fans, and West Ham have had a fair share of those players over the years.
Carlton Cole has been the one player over the last six or seven season that has really had fans arguing over what he can or cannot bring to the side. Some believe he holds the ball up perfectly and offers another attacking option up front, others can’t see what all the fuss is about and think he “can’t hit barn door with a banjo,” which his record or just 59 goals in 237 appearances in all competitions for West Ham goes a long way in backing up.
So when he and the club announced his return on a short-term deal earlier this week, fans took to Twitter to give their thoughts on what neutrals might see as an embarrassing signing on West Ham’s part, particularly after their poor showing in the summer transfer window on the striker front.
As expected, the opinions differed from overwhelmingly delighted and ridiculously annoyed that they had to put up with at least another three-months of Cole at Upton Park.
Here’s some of the best (and worst) tweets:
Carlton Cole ready and fit for Man City. I can't contain my excitement. #backwardstep— Bill 父The Hammer 父 (@billbaggs1080) October 15, 2013
@CarltonCole1 I'm still emotional your back. It's like all my Birthdays and Christmas rolled into one big claret and blue bundle of joy— Karl (@KarlEvans101) October 15, 2013
I'm honestly so Happy @CarltonCole1 has re-signed for us fans love him and he's a club legend!— Gyan Luchowa (@GyanLuchowa) October 14, 2013
We've re-signed Carlton Cole....we must be in a crisis— Dyl (@dylanwalsh07) October 14, 2013
CARLTON COLE IS BACK! Thank the lord! I don't even care if he plays shit like he usually does, I'm just happy to have him home— J (@JayWHU) October 14, 2013
@CarltonCole1 see that, it's a cows arse, take this, it's a banjo. Now try and hit the cows arse with the banjo. *HE SWIPES, HE MISSES* DOH!— Paolo (@paolothehammer) October 14, 2013
Good to see Big Sam continuing the no-strikers policy by re-signing Carlton Cole— Barry Collins (@bazzacollins) October 14, 2013
To misquote The Life of Brian. He's not the messiah he is Carlton Cole. Desperation.— Russell Thomas Alder (@RussellAlder) October 14, 2013
And Cole took to Twitter last night to give his own thoughts, aiming a cryptic type message to his ‘haters.’ Good man.
Complacency and Comfort Zone is a mans worst enemy. Be the best you can be even if your best comes up short. At least you tried.— Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) October 15, 2013
Better to be a loser trying to be great than being a loser having not tried at all.— Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) October 15, 2013
What are your thought’s on Cole’s return to West Ham? Happy he’s back, or is it a poor decision from the club? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.