Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is convinced former England international Joe Cole still has the fire in his belly to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League.
The 32-year-old midfielder swapped West Ham for Villa Park last month when he agreed to become part of Lambert's new-look set-up.
Precocious as a teenager, Cole has won 56 senior England caps during a career which has taken him from Upton Park via Chelsea, Liverpool and Lille to Villa, but which has run rather dry in recent seasons.
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However, Lambert is convinced he still has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
He said: "As soon as you start to lose the fire from your stomach as a footballer, there's no point.
"He still wants to do really well and he's still hungry to do really well. That's a sign of a top, top player.