West Ham boss Curbishley delighted with Cole form
West Ham manager Alan Curbishley is pleased to see Carlton Cole back on good form following a difficult spell in his early career.
"Carlton went to Wolves before he came to Charlton and when he turned up for us, he was not fit, he had a hip injury," Curbishley recalled.
"But he played 10 or 11 games, scored five goals and did well for us.
"I was desperate to take him for another year - but his agent and other people had different ideas on that, and he ended up going to Aston Villa.
"I knew that was going to be a mistake because he was going to live away from home.
"Then when he came here he was lacking match fitness.
"I told him there was a bit of competition here and he needed to get himself right.
"Carlton worked hard during pre-season and got his chance and he has done well.
"His consistency was the problem, whereas now he has been given his chance."