Middlesbrough’s summer transfer window has been filled with incomings so far.
Joe Lumley, Sammy Ameobi, Lee Peltier and Uche Ikpeazu have all arrived at the club already while there are plenty of new faces in the pipeline for the coming weeks, but with so many fresh faces it was inevitable that some would be heading for the exit door.
The departures of Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and others seems a long time ago and now it’s about shipping out some of the club’s more marketable assets in order to recoup some funds and provide greater balance to the squad.
One player who seems to be heading out is Hayden Coulson.
Reports from Teamtalk have claimed that Ipswich Town are closing in on a deal for the 23-year-old as they look to offer him an escape route from his Middlesbrough frustration.
While life under Jonathan Woodgate looked like it was going to be fruitful for Coulson, things have certainly taken a downward turn since the appointment of Neil Warnock as the club’s boss.
In Warnock’s only full season as manager Coulson was limited to just 19 senior appearances for the Teessiders, with just seven of them coming in the starting XI.
Warnock is particular about what he looks for in each position, and put simply, Coulson appeared to lack the discipline needed to be a regular feature at left back, while lacking the end-product to thrive in a more advanced role on the wing.
However we have to be fair to the player and say that he hardly had the opportunity to find his form or fitness.
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At 23 years of age Coulson is a player who needs to be playing first team football and so a potential move to Portman Road certainly looks like one which makes sense, but fans at the Riverside will be hoping that it’s a decision that doesn’t come back to haunt them.
The academy graduate is a player of clear quality and potential and while promotion with Ipswich would be the priority, it would take just one good season for a club in the Championship to offer the player a route back into the second tier.
Funds are tight at the Riverside Stadium right now and so if the player was sold then it would give them an immediate financial boost, but two years down the line and we could be looking at a player who is worth two or three times Middlesbrough’s current valuation.
Of course the Teessiders can’t have it both ways and so moving the player on seems like the ideal solution, but surely a season-long loan deal would have been a worth consideration to help the player while also preserving their asset.
Time will tell whether the deal to sell the player will be a good move or not, but there’s no doubt that such a transaction is a gamble for a club who are struggling to find sell-on potential in their current group.