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How to make your players as skilful as Joe Cole

DavidClarke1One of the things I am always telling my players is to go home get out a football and keep it at their feet until the next match or coaching session.

In a recent interview with Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp he spoke about Joe Cole and how when they were both at West Ham Joe used to develop his skills as a schoolboy.

Joe Cole was from north London, and used to play on the roads of Camden Town, where he lived from being six years old.

According to Redknapp, “ I used to say to 11-year-old Joe ‘how did you learn to control the ball so well?’”

Joe replied: “I dribble the ball to school every day.”

Redknapp can still remember when Joe Cole was 15 he came to training at Chadwell Heath, West Ham’s training ground. The team were playing Everton the next day and Joe joined in a nine-a-side game. His team won 3-2. The first team players, led by David Unsworth asked Redknapp why Joe couldn’t play in the team the next day, he was that good.

He is a great role model for you to explain to your players why practising at home is very important to their overall skills. To have a ball constantly at their feet will make them much more skilful and give them more time to think about passing.

Here are some clips of Joe Cole in action playing for Chelsea and England and also playing Brazilian soccer with some young players – check them out:


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