Colchester United

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2019/2020

Colchester United

In


Dean Gerken (Goalkeeper, Ipswich Town), Danny Collinge (Defender, Free agent), Luke Ige (Defender, Aston Villa), Matthew Weaire (Defender, Brighton & Hove Albion), Omar Sowunmi (Defender, Yeovil Town), Jevani Brown (Midfielder, Cambridge United), Kwame Poku (Midfielder, Worthing), Luke Gambin (Midfielder, Luton Town), Michael Fernandes (Midfielder, Farnborough), Paris Cowan-Hall (Midfielder, Wycombe Wanderers)

Out


Dillon Barnes (sp) (Goalkeeper, Queens Park Rangers), Rene Gilmartin (sp) (Goalkeeper, Bristol City), Frankie Kent (r) (Defender, Peterborough United), Noah Chesmain (Defender, Maidstone United), Brennan Dickenson (r) (Midfielder, MK Dons), Abo Eisa (sp) (Midfielder, Shrewsbury Town, Loan ended), Ryan Gondoh (Midfielder, released), Sam Saunders (Midfielder, retired), Sammy Szmodics (k) (Midfielder, Bristol City), Mikael Mandron (sp) (Attacker, Gillingham)

Colchester United suffered a heartbreaking end to last season; having been just three minutes away from sealing a play-off place. A late equaliser from Newport County at Morecambe meant the U’s would miss out again as a season which promised much ended in disappointment. Some will point the finger at head coach John McGreal for failing to find the necessary consistency from his undoubtedly talented side. Another season of underachievement in unlikely to be tolerated despite seeing several influential players move on to pastures new this summer. The blow of losing the likes of centre-back Frankie Kent and midfield playmaker Sammy Szmodics to Peterborough United and Bristol City respectively has been softened by receiving transfer fees approaching £1million. That money has allowed McGreal to be aggressive in the transfer market and pull off something of a coup with the capture of midfield playmaker Jevani Brown from Cambridge United. Experienced goalkeeper Dean Gerken, centre-back Omar Sowunmi and winger Paris Cowan-Hall are also likely to go straight into the starting XI. The return of midfielder Harry Pell from injury is also a boost as the U’s head into the new season looking for a top three finish.

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Automatic promotion. It’s time for the U’s deliver after three seasons in League 2 and they certainly have one of the strongest squads in the division.

Season Review
2018/2019

№8: Colchester United

It was a heartbreaking end to the season for Colchester United, who missed out on a play-off place with just three minutes of the season remaining. The U’s were at their best as they destroyed Champions Lincoln City on their own patch but Newport County’s late equaliser at Morecambe meant they missed out by just a single point. They only have themselves to blame however with inconsistent performances and results seeing them drop out of the top seven with a couple of months of the season to go. They were widely regarded as one of the best teams in the division, most notably with their attacking talent, but lost too many matches. Winger Courtney Senior enjoyed a breakthrough season having recovered from a serious injury whilst striker Frank Nouble possessed both pace and power. He failed to get into double figures however, as did strike-partner Luke Norris, whose season was beset by niggling injuries. Midfield playmaker Sammy Szmodics finished as leading scorer with 14 goals but even he struggled with the levels of consistency which saw him lined with a £1m move to Premier League AFC Bournemouth last season. Head coach John McGreal will take some of the blame for not getting the best of his talented squad but is likely to be given another opportunity to achieve promotion next season. He will need to settle on a first-choice goalkeeper and hold on to the likes of centre-back Frankie Kent, who was voted player-of-the-season.


Player of the Season: Frankie Kent

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