By Aramide Oladipo
Former Newcastle United forward Andrew Cole has opened up about his time at the club and he revealed that “it was difficult playing there”.
The striker completed a permanent move to the Tyneside club in 1993 from Bristol City and he played a crucial role in helping team achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Cole was sensational for the Magpies during his debut campaign in the top-flight, finishing the season as the league’s top goalscorer with 34 strikes to his name as Kevin Keegan’s side secured a third-placed finish.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Cole recently admitted that although he enjoyed his time at St James’ Park, he struggled to cope with the adoration from the Newcastle supporters.
“I enjoyed it at Newcastle but it was difficult playing there,” he said.
“I was a young man and struggled to deal with the level of adoration. I just wanted to play football, go home and go out with my mates.
“When I went out, some punters would say, ‘Well done’. That was fine. Others wanted to hold court with you.
“I could be having a meal with my missus and people would come up and want to get involved in the conversation. It did my fruit in.
“I loved my football at Newcastle, but I felt trapped. And the more goals I scored, the worse it got.”
The support for the striker later turned into destain after he controversially secured a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United the following season.
The former England international left Tyneside having scored 68 goals in just 84 matches for the club.
It turned out to be the right decision for the player as Cole managed to win five Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League during his spell at Old Trafford.
During his time in Manchester, Cole enjoyed facing his former club, notching up ten goals against them in 13 matches.
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