Cole acknowledges boss
West Ham striker hails boss after rediscovering magic touch
By Richard Bailey. Last Updated: January 29, 2009 10:55pm
Cole: Thanks manager
West Ham striker Carlton Cole has thanked manager Gianfranco Zola for helping him rediscover his killer instinct in front of goal.
Since Zola took over from Alan Curbishley in September Cole has blossomed and is in the midst of a run which has seen him score six goals in seven games.
The 25-year-old's impressive goalscoring run has helped fire the Hammers up to eighth in the table easing the relegation fears which surrounded the club shortly after the Italian took over.
The former England U21 international was a trainee at Chelsea during Zola's time at the West London club and enjoyed loan spells at Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa before settling at the Hammers in 2007.
"The goals have changed me," he said.
"I have been playing the same all year, but now I am notching a few and that is all I was missing.
"I am playing with more awareness now. The manager has made more effort to help me realise what is going on around me on the pitch.
"You need to follow your own instincts and you only get that when you play more games in the Premier League.
"I did a lot last season to warrant a place in the squad and I am just happy that everything is working out for me now and I am getting the goals this club deserves.
"However, I am not going to let it get to my head. I know what I am capable of and I just have to keep getting in the right positions."