|Date of Birth||12 October 1983 (age 31)|
|Place of Birth||Croydon, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Club||West Ham United|
|National Team||England - 7 Caps 0 Goals|
Carlton Cole is an England international striker who plays for West Ham United of the Barclays Premier League. After five troubled years with Chelsea, which included loan spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa, Cole moved to West Ham United in July 2006 for an undisclosed fee. Cole endured a tough first season, and didn't play as much as he had hoped. In 23 league and cup appearances, 15 of which were as a substitute, Cole managed to score 3 goals. The following season, Cole became moe involved with first team affairs, and showed his capabilities by scoring 6 goals and making 9 assists in the absence of Dean Ashton. In the 2008/2009 season, Cole came of age by scoring 12 goals and receiving a call up to the England squad. At the start of the current season, Cole bagged 7 goals in 13 games, including a stunner against Tottenham, a game in which he also gifted Jermain Defoe the winner for Spurs. West Ham United received a serious blow when Cole was injured and was told he would be out for a number of months.
In FIFA 10, Cole is a tall, strong striker whose strength should be used to your advantage. Cole has a significant advantage in the air, and is great at holding the ball up. Cole works well with the now retired Dean Ashton, or alongside the more agile and speedy Alessandro Diamanti. It is probable that Cole will work well alongside Guillermo Franco once he is added to the squad in the January transfer update. After a couple of seasons, Cole should develop into a striker with a rating over 80, which will make him an indispensable asset to your team. Acquiring Cole should not be too difficult; £7M may be enough to prise him away from West Ham United.
In FIFA 11, Cole is a more developed striker. He is West Ham Uniteds best striker and can be used as back-up for most Top Four teams. Cole plays a good partnership with Frederic Piquionne and uses his height to his advantage. He is a decent goalscorer and has a lot of pace.