Cottee is pleased at first-team regulars Tomkins and Noble, “arguably, West Ham’s two best players last season”.
However, he also told the Sunday Mirror: “It will be a big season for Kevin Nolan – his experience will be vital. But the man I am looking to make an impact is Carlton Cole. He does have the lot, but he is also a confidence player and needs to be told how good he is.
“Unless we have a few points by then, it could be a long winter.”