No matter what your opinion of Ashley Cole might be, you can’t help feeling sorry for him after this awkward photo of him and his Roma team-mates emerged earlier this week.
There aren’t many English players that opt to play abroad. There are a few oldies littered around America’s MLS and Australia’s A-League – Emile Heskey, for one – but you don’t see big name English stars choosing to play abroad.
Cole became a free agent in July, after his contract at Chelsea was allowed to expire, and despite offers from Premier League clubs, he made the decision to join AS Roma in Serie A, taking a £160,000 pay-cut to do so.
However, it appears that Cole might be finding it difficult to integrate himself into the Italian side, after he was caught ‘lurking’ next to his Roma team-mates.
The people of Twitter rarely miss an opportunity, and they definitely didn’t this time.
In a very similar fashion to the way John Terry appeared everywhere after changing into his kit to lift the Champions League trophy, despite being banned for the final, Ashley Cole has been ‘lurking’ in all sorts of places since the photo appeared.
Here are some of the best Ashley Cole lurking pictures so far:
Ashley at the Oscars:
Ashley in the ocean:
Ashley at the airport:
Ashley with Ali:
And the best of all…:
While he might not have made much of an impression on his team-mates so far, he has certainly impressed his new boss, Rudi Garcia. The Roma manager told reporters that he was pleased with the ex-England internationals attitude following his first game for the club.
A good attitude or not, it’s going to take a while for the internet to get bored of this one.