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Coulson: It Was Carnage
Friday, 29th Jul 2022 09:40

Former loanee Hayden Coulson has described pre-season at Town last summer as “carnage” as the Blues recruited 19 new players.

The 24-year-old joined Town on what was intended to be a season-long loan from Middlesbrough in early August, becoming Paul Cook's 14th addition of the window.

However, his injury-hit spell was cut short in January after he had made only six appearances and he spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Peterborough United.

Coulson has joined Scottish Premiership Aberdeen on loan for the season ahead and has reflected on his time at Portman Road.

“I enjoyed it and I was excited about the move,” he told RedTV.

“Obviously that was another club that was ready to progress, they signed a lot of new players and spent a good bit of money.

“It was something stupid, I think I was like the 14th or 15th new player and they were still bringing in players after that so it was a full new turnaround.

“I think from the fans’ point of view everyone thought, because on paper it was a top, top team, especially for League One, that it would happen straight away.

“But if you bring in that many players they need time to get together and learn how to play the style of play.

“It was a carnage pre-season type of thing with that many new players in there.”

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OwainG1992 added 09:42 - Jul 29
Such a shame about the injuries with him.
He looked exactly what we needed on the left to compliment what burns brought to the right.

tivo added 09:50 - Jul 29
Lasy summer?

MickMillsTash added 09:53 - Jul 29
Great cross away to Lincoln
Changed the game when he went off away to Wycombe and he really wanted to stay on
Good player and had he stayed fit Cook may have got a few more games.
Good luck to him in Aberdeen

PhilTWTD added 10:04 - Jul 29

Typo corrected.

Gforce added 10:07 - Jul 29
Hopefully those days are behind us now.We have a far more settled squad moving into the new season, that in turn should bring more consistency, better performances and all being well a much better start to the season, than we endured last year.

Karlosfandangal added 12:47 - Jul 29
I never thought we would win the League with so many coming and going but felt play offs for sure.
Think that was part of Cooks problem was he never knew his best team.

Most of the players under McKenna, we’re sign by Cook, However McKenna know how to get the best out of players and not afraid to change tactics if need be.

Expect Play Offs as a minimum this year

ImAbeliever added 13:03 - Jul 29
Good player to watch.

PioneerBlue added 13:47 - Jul 29
I was thinking this summer had been quite low key until I read EADT article and there are teams that have changed even less than us. Bolton for example - 3 players! I’m pleased with what we have done and we integrate our new players into a much more solid way of playing plus most of the first team has now been together since beginning of preseason.

terryf added 13:56 - Jul 29
Coulson was more Kamikaze which certainly curtailed his time with us. A shame because he looked a decent wingback but maybe injury prone with the way he plays?

He's right about too many players though and Cook never knew what to do with them all.

Mariner1974 added 14:37 - Jul 29
Carnage indeed!

runningout added 15:44 - Jul 29
needed Carnage to move on as a decent football club

Monkey_Blue added 18:59 - Jul 29
Was a ridiculous summer in terms of player turn over. We had an “old School” manager who probably couldn’t cope with the size of the club,the task ahead of him or how the game had moved on. Getting hammered at the local golf club with your coaches who have no experiences probably isn’t what a modern coach does.

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