But he is a squad player. If we keep Assaidi for another 18 months before letting him go, he will cost us 5.4 mil for 18 months service (assume 30k a week wage including bonus). If we let Cole go to Westham and pay off 50k a week like suggested. We will only save 3 mil, 55% of what we will pay for Assaidi.If it was 'just' 1.35M, I'd be less pleased to get rid of the millstone he has been. That would have been a reasonable outlay for a veteran off the bench.Check your math, 18 months = 78 weeks, in that time he was paid over 7M. You better have enjoyed those goals, they cost 1.4M apiece.
I means the point here is not about how little Cole contributed in the last 2 seasons + his 90k wages. But as asset, he (for the next 18 months)costed as little as 55% of Assaidi now. Can he justify that cost and contribute to the team (if he stays) more than 55% what Assaidi will contribute? The answer is either "yes", or "unsure, can't really tell".
I don't want to keep Joe Cole. But i think the 50k-a-week-pay-off is a stupid idea. If it was not made up by the press (like that piece about how we paid Sahin 5 mil loan fee + 5 mil wage for 1 year service) then the club just screwed up the deal