The forward is Motherwell’s joint-second top goalscorer, filling in on both the flanks and up top for Stephen Robinson this term.
Initially he took a little while to get going in claret and amber, but now Cole is hitting his stride.
Cole brings pace and poacher’s touch Motherwell don’t have otherwise
Whilst not particularly setting the world on fire as of yet, Cole has shown signs that he can be a good player at Fir Park. In a team based on a collective squad effort rather than individual quality, the Wigan man slots in well.
There’s no getting away from his poor start, with one goal in nine Premiership games not making for pretty reading. Over the last five or six games though, his pace and athleticism have come to the fore.
Alongside Chris Long or to the right and left of him, the Wigan striker does the same job. He presses the backline and is essential to Motherwell’s counter-attacks. He’s got blistering pace which allows him to beat most defenders in a foot race on the break.
In front of goal, when given the opportunity, he does have a clinical touch. His leap in the air is also very good, with Cole perhaps taking some defenders by surprise with how high he can rise for crosses.
Of course there are plenty of things to work on but the initial signs are good. It would be a shame for him to go back south, for what will likely be little minutes at Wigan after showing his promise.
Since his move to Wigan, Cole’s made seven appearances. It’s very unlikely that he’ll feature for them once he does return, so it’s best for both parties if he does go back out on loan.
That place should be Motherwell. If they aren’t underway already, the Steelmen should be in discussion with Wigan over that possibility ahead of the upcoming loan expiration.