However, its worth noting that his name does sound a lot like "Arse Shaving".
So whoever he ends up playing for needs to be careful which squad number they give him.
Imagine if its Chelsea, and they buy him to replace their midfield dynamo No4 Claude "that Makelele role" Makelele - which is entirely possible.
Each week when the team lineup is read out over your average dodgy premier league tannoy system, you may well hear....
"Cole arse shaving Essien"
(Ashley Cole - Chelsea No3, Micheal Essien, Chelsea No5)