The Cole & Vassell partnership is one of the highlights of Premiership football
The Cole/Vassell double-centre-forward strike-partnership for Manchester City is fantastic to watch. Their link-up play is so fluent that it seems like they are two individuals playing with the same footballing mind. In the last few years the concept of the 'telepathic' centre-forward strike-partnership has fallen out of the game because most managers choose not to play the same two centre-forwards match-after-match; preferring alternative ideas like playing just one striker or striker rotation.
So it is quite a revelation to see the supersonic development and excellent execution of the Cole/Vassell partnership. To see these two players working so well together, and scoring superb goals in the process, is for me one of the highlights of Premiership football. The 5-2 demolition of a collapsing Charlton side on Sunday was the third time I've seen Cole and Vassell work brilliantly together to break-down their centre-back opponents. I considered writing about them after both the recent West Ham and Villa matches; to play so well again left me with no choice but to give them recognition on EFT.
Cole is a penalty-box predator who trains with high intensity and brings this level of concentration and application to his performance in competitive matches. Vassell has pace, touch, strength, work-rate and a finishing touch that is impressive, and after drifting into stagnation at Villa Park he now seems to be psychologically thriving due to the honour of playing alongside one of the best strikers in modern English football history. These two look right together- Vassell looks like a slightly smaller version of Cole- and they definitely play together as if they were born to do so.
During a time when the one-man up-front strategy has tried to come to the fore at the detriment of exciting football, Cole and Vassell deserve excellent recognition for revitalising the idea of the dynamic centre-forward strike-partnership. Stuart Pearce also has my respect for signing them in the summer and seeing the potential that these two had a strike-force; I'm confident that Man City is going to be an exciting team to follow under his management.