Arsenal target Moussa Sow has hailed the impact of on-loan Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, seeing his arrival as a gamble that has paid off for Lille.
The 30-year-old former England international has impressed in his 17 appearances for the reigning Ligue 1 champions this season, causing the French club to recently declare their interest in pursuing a permanent transfer.
Senegalese striker Sow, who has been heavily linked with a January switch to the Emirates Stadium, as the answer to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's problems in attack, took time to praise Cole's level of commitment.
"He's a great pro," he told RMC Sports. "Along with [David] Rozenhal, he is the first in the locker room in the morning.
"He is always there ready, he is very involved and highly motivated, even when he's not playing. It's a surprise to see him like that."
Cole endured a difficult spell at Anfield last year, a season that was plagued by injury, and in a bid to rediscover his form, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish sanctioned a loan move to France.
"It was a gamble for the club," he added. "And so far it's been successful."
With his spell at Stade Lille-Metropole going so well, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the two teammates - Cole and Sow - move in opposite directions across the English Channel, with the African ace poised to join Arsenal, and Cole keen on leaving Liverpool permanently.