Ipswich Town took their summer transfer business to even greater depths yesterday when they completed a double deal for Kyle Edwards and Hayden Coulson.
The Tractor Boys snagged Edwards from under the noses of Bournemouth following a trial on the south coast and after a long pursuit, Paul Cook finally got his hands on Coulson on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough.
The 23-year-old has been wanted since the middle of July by the Suffolk side as Cook looked to bolster his options at left-back, but Neil Warnock failing to source a replacement on the left side of the pitch for Boro meant that Coulson was not allowed to depart Teesside.
Warnock has finally agreed to it though and Coulson will now challenge Matt Penney for a starting spot at Portman Road, and there could be a view to making the deal permanent at the end of the season should Coulson impress.
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Upon arriving at Ipswich yesterday, Coulson posted a message on his Instagram account where he states his ‘delight’ about securing a move to the League One promotion hopefuls.
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Paul Cook finally got his man to compete with Penney at left-back and it’s clear to see he wants his full-backs bombing forward this season to create an all-out attack style.
Coulson is a versatile player who can play all down the left side of the pitch but has also been deployed in the engine room on occasion, so he offers Cook a vast array of options should be needed to be utilised elsewhere other than left-back.
The writing was on the wall for Coulson at Boro when he wasn’t assigned a squad number for the coming season but he should be able to thrive in League One – especially in a system which is designed to attack and score goals.