Widely regarded as one of the best fullbacks England has ever produced, Ashley Cole’s time in Italy has not gone completely to plan.
After leaving Chelsea in the Summer of 2014, Cole was widely praised for going to a top club who would challenge for silverware, rather than finish it over in America. He was greeted by many Roma fans and was still revered as the top player that he was.
His first season at Roma, however did not plan out how he wanted. Initiailly he and Roma played well and stormed to the top of the Serie A table. With a heavy loss to Bayern in the Champion’s League Cole’s Roma career soon came to a close. He lost his place to Torosidis and Holebas and never recovered his spot He only managed 16 games for the Giallorossi, but spent most of his time on the bench towards the end of the season.
During the Summer reports emerged that he refused to end his contract early at the behest of Rudi Garcia who had no plans for him this season. Furthermore, it seems the he has been pushed out of the club as he has been cut out of any club or social media pictures and does not even feature on the clubs website. With the January window coming up reports have emerged of Cole making a return to England with Aston Villa showing interest.
He will be available on a free and with Villa losing Amavi a free transfer could fit both him and the club. Villa will have to compete with the MLS however as rumours have emerged of New York City giving Cole one final paycheck. It seems Cole should and will leave Italy. A move to America would certainly be a viable option and probably a better one over a relegation battle.