Carlton Cole: Indonesian young players more eager to learn than English talents

Liga 1 club Persib Bandung player Carlton Cole expresses his commitment to helping young Indonesian players at home and abroad.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, former West Ham striker hope that his arrivals in Indonesia, along with another world-class player Michael Essien, have a positive influence on his young team-mates.

“To be honest, the local players are technically good,” said Cole. “It is just their decision-making. They don’t really get that information over there. They need to be coached a bit better. I don’t mean it in a bad way but if they can get better coaches I think the players will improve vastly.”

The 33-year-old added: “The reason I say that is because they have good touch and they can run for ages in the heat. Seriously, you would not believe how these boys can run. So there is a lot that can be done. I actually want to help with that and do more for them – encourage the young players regarding what they need to do.”

Cole joined the Indonesian club in April, following ex-Premier League footballer Michael Essien who was signed by Persib Bandung two weeks earlier.

However, both of them could face early contract termination by ambitious Indonesian side Persib Bandung in the second half of the season due to their poor performance.