Devante Cole has had a ‘little bit of a nomadic existence’ since his days in the Manchester City academy – but Motherwell manager Graham Alexander reckons he could thrive with an extended stay at Fir Park.
Cole is at 11 goals and seven assists for the season after a 2-0 Motherwell win over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership. After starting out in the Manchester City academy, the 25-year-old has only been at one club for a maximum of two years.
Alexander knows Cole’s deal expires in the summer but he hopes the Manchester City academy graduate can extend his second ‘Well stint, initially joining on loan last season: “We spoke to him quite a while ago about a contract and it’s still ongoing. But we would be delighted to keep him. I think we can help him improve and get to the next level.
“I think he needs a consistency of being at one club for a certain amount of time. He has led a little bit of a nomadic existence up to now but he certainly has the qualities of having a top-level career and I believe we can help him with that, but we will see how it goes. He’s been excellent.
“You can’t ask any more of a number nine. His goals stand out for themselves, they are there for everyone to see, but his all-round contribution and link-up play and defensive side has been excellent. As it has been with the others, we can’t win games with one centre-forward and a defender, it has to be a whole team performance.”
Speaking on the result over Kilmarnock, Alexander was pleased with his team’s attitude: “We deserved it, I thought we were excellent. What delighted me was that we didn’t look like the season was done. We didn’t look like it was a dead-end game, I thought our approach was brilliant. The result and performance was top-notch.”
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