100% agree the abuse he got was disgraceful.I always liked Cole. He had a decent presence in and around the box and invariably managed to get a shot away. As KHB points out he was rarely first in the pecking order which after x years at the Club didn't help his development. He was never the finished article when he was with us but is looking more so now. The treatment he received from a section of Rovers' fans was nothing short of disgraceful (and embarrassing). I do think a step up to Championship is beyond him but wish him all the best.
Re Championship maybe you are right but he has scored 6 goals in 6 games, 2 of which were against Championship sides (not sure how strong mind you). IF he carries on scoring in a team which will struggle this season one of the lesser Championship sides may be tempted to take a punt. Either way if he establishes himself as a quality L1 player he will do well over the next few years financially.