Ipswich Town is keen on loaning Hayden Coulson out next season, which poses Middlesbrough a dilemma over his future.
The young full-back fell out of favor at Boro last season under Neil Warnock, despite being named Young Player of the Season in his breakout campaign the previous season.
Preferring the more defensively reliable Marc Bola, Coulson made just seven starts in all competitions last season, with Warnock even experimenting with Coulson as number ten later in the campaign.
But League One side Ipswich Town could be ready to offer 23-year-old Teessider a career lifeline, with the Daily Times of East Anglian revealing their interest in taking Coulson on loan for the upcoming season.
The Tractor Boys are believed to be in the market for more left-back coverage after releasing Stephen Ward and with Myles Kenlock currently training with the Under-23s as they look to push him forward.
Boro will have a decision to make with Coulson, with Warnock unlikely to change his position on the young defender, but equally wary of how much a lack of depth cost Boro last season.
One thing Warnock was still keen to do was congratulate Coulson on his candidacy and his efforts. He claimed he was one of the toughest coaches at the club and that is part of the reason he tried him out as number ten, desperate to reward him for his efforts.
However, with that role not really working out, it’s hard to see where Coulson figures in Boro’s plans for the next term as it was clear Boro’s boss didn’t see Coulson as part of his plans.
With two years remaining on his contract with Boro, a temporary loan could be fine for all parties, with Coulson playing steadily and increasing his own experience before returning to Boro next summer with a new chance most likely at this point under a new boss. . .
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It depends, of course, on how the upcoming season unfolds on Teesside. Warnock is signed for another 12 months, but it remains to be seen what his plans would be if the season ends in promotion as he hopes.
But, with Coulson still clearly a player with potential, it allows him to play football on a regular basis elsewhere, while Boro will retain his long-term service if the situation here changes.