We take a detailed look at Cole's illustrious career to date...
It's safe to say Joe Cole has had a glittering career.
You all probably know about his background and what he has achieved at the highest level, never playing below the Premier League. But now he's a Sky Blues player we thought we'd delve into a little more detail about his long and illustrious career with what you can expect from the former England international!
WEST HAM UNITED (1998 - 2003)
Cole started his career with his boyhood club where he rose through the Academy and made his debut as a 17-year old.
As a schoolboy with the club, speculation was rife about a move to Manchester United, but Cole stayed with the Hammers and flourished as a youngster.
In 1999, Cole was part of West Ham's victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad ironically defeating Coventry City 9–0 on aggregate over two legs in the final. Cole played only eight Premier League games in his first season but in the following season he made 22 Premier League appearances and began to cement himself as a Premier League star.
After 150 appearances, Cole suffered relegation with the Hammers but earned a move to the very top of the game.
Cole signed for the Blues for a bargain £6.6m in 2003. In his first season he helped Chelsea to a top four finish before becoming a mainstay in Jose Mourinho's title winning and league cup double winning side in 2004/05.
He made 48 appearances for Chelsea that season and was a pivotal part of Jose Mourinho's sides. His honours list for Chelsea reads:
Premier League (3): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
FA Cup (3): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
Football League Cup (2): 2004–05, 2006–07
FA Community Shield (2): 2005, 2009
UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2007–08
A quite unbelievable career at Chelsea ended in 2010 after 282 appearances and 40 goals.
2010 ONWARDS (Liverpool, Lille, Return to West Ham, Aston Villa)
Cole joined Liverpool in 2010 and Reds fans at the time were raving about the signing.
Unfortunately it didn't quite work out for Cole on Merseyside, but a loan move to Lille followed where he impressed in France alongside Eden Hazard.
It looked like Cole was back to his best and ready to impress for the Reds, but they sold him to West Ham in January 2013.
After his eighteen month deal had expired, he remained in the Premier League with Aston Villa.
The Three Lions midfielder made 56 appearances for the senior side and netted ten times.
That record shouldn't be underestimated. AND he scored this goal below...
Cole made his senior international debut against Mexico in May 2001.He was a member of England's 2002 World Cup squad, and made one substitute appearance. He was also part of the Euro 2004 side and played every game in the 2006 World Cup.