Cambridge United sign youngsters on loan from Middlesbrough and Aston Villa
Hayden Coulson and Jake Doyle-Hayes have joined Cambridge United on loan until the end of the season.
Head coach Colin Calderwood has added the youngsters to the U’s squad in order to strengthen their bid to avoid relegation from Sky Bet League Two.
Coulson is a left-sided player who has arrived from Middlesbrough, having previously spent a spell on loan at Scottish Premiership side St Mirren earlier this campaign.
“He has experience in senior football with St Mirren and been involved with the England youth set-up on a few occasions,” said Calderwood.
“He has certainly got a nice delivery, is an early crosser and he has pace and is a bit of a dribbler.
“What I wanted is an attacking threat and competition for wide places and to be able to make changes with different types of personnel but still maintain good pace in our front line.”
Doyle-Hayes is a central midfielder who has come in from Calderwood’s previous club Aston Villa, and is an Ireland youth international.
“It’s all about competition and making the squad and team better,” said Calderwood. “He is someone I know and I think he is going to develop into a very good player.
“He played a few games in the League Cup last year and whenever he trained with the first-team group was very capable and the senior boys at Villa really liked him in the training sessions as well.
“I think he has got real scope.
“They are only young ones so it might not be an instant success but I certainly see potential that these boys will have very good careers and certainly add to what we’ve already got here.”
Calderwood believes that the loan deals will be a benefit all round, to the players, the U’s and their parent clubs.
“I think it’s good progression for them and certainly helps their parent clubs if I’m honest,” he said.
“It allows them to view the player in a different environment, a new environment and one that has real consequence on a Saturday.
“I think it’s good preparation for everyone.
"We will use them as best we can, but I didn’t bring them just because they are young and we’re doing it for the other team. I think they will add to us and help us and create goals and also score goals as well."