2019-20 Colchester United League Two Preview – 72 in 72

72 in 72, League Two
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Since relegation from League one in the 2015-16 season, The U’s had three 60+ point season but they were never able to at least make it to the playoffs.

To add to that they missed playoffs in both 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons by just one point. So, there will be no doubt in saying that a bit of luck could have easily pushed them over the line.

The football played by Colchester United last season was entertaining to watch. Apart from a few poor spells they looked consistent throughout the season last time around.

They had a record of 20 wins and 10 draws taking them to a 70 point mark in the 2018-19 season.

There is no doubt in saying that they will be aiming for Promotion positions or at least a playoff spot. Anything less than that will be considered a failure for 2019-20 as far as expectations from fans go.

When a team needs consistency, it is important that they retain all the important players. But things are not always that easy and few players will need to be let go while others have bigger ambitions.

The most noticeable players to leave the club in 2019-20 season are Mikael Mandron who wasn’t able to make his mark as a striker, scoring only twice in 41 appearances last season.

The second was Brennan Dickenson who was the Club’s Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season. Brennan joined League One side MK Dons on a free transfer.

The third being a highly rated English Center back Frankie Kent who has joined League One side Peterborough United. The 23- Year-Old was ever present in The U’s defense last season, Scoring 4 goals in League Two last season. So, there is no doubt in saying he will be missed.

Manager

John McGreal Came through the ranks at Colchester initially joining them as head of youth development in 2009 and then progressing through Academy then Interim Coach role in 2015 before being appointed full time in 2016.

As he has come through the ranks he has clear knowledge about the Club as a whole and was able to create a brand of football that their fans can be proud of. he has also managed the team in winning some noticeable fixtures during last season.

But there is only so many times fans can take a heart break of not being able to achieve promotion. So, there is no doubt in saying fans will expect him and his team to get a promotion.

But momentum is a big thing in football and if they were able to get promoted then his team will undoubtedly challenge other team in League One too.

New Signings

Kwame Poku

Kwame Poku is a Midfielder who has joined Colchester on loan at the end of last season and played a few games with U23’s.

Before Joining The U’s Poku had a brief stint with Worthing( Isthmian League team ) where he made 12 appearances and scored twice. We can only hope he breaks through into the first team and establishes himself as a starter.

But he is still 18 which means he will probably feature more with academy teams.

Sammie McLeod

Sammie Mcleod is another youngster who The U’s have scooped up from another Isthmian League team but this time it is their alliance club Maldon & Tiptree.

The 19-Year-Old Midfielder spent 2016-18 at Leicester city Academy. After his release, he joined Maldon & Tiptree and impressed a lot of people there but McLeod suffered a serious leg injury in March and is still recovering.

Once he recovers he will probability start for U23’s and hopefully kick on from there and get a spot in the first team.

Danny Collinge

Danny Collinge was part of the Mk Dons academy but turned down a scholarship to Join German Club Stuttgart in order to study A levels in 2014, as a 16-year-old  and spent 5 Years playing for academy clubs in Germany.

The 21-Year-old English defender is one of a few players who left England to gain an International Baccalaureate degree. He represented England 34 times at various youth levels.

He spent last season with Stuttgart reserves in REGIONALLIGA SÜDWEST(German Fourth Division). With the departure of Frankie Kent, The U’s can only hope he can solidify his position at Center Back.

Luke Gambin

Luke Gambin is a 26-year-old London born Maltese international attacker who can play in both wings and as a striker.

The 5’6” makes use of his pace to beat opposition defenders. He is a product of the Barnet youth academy.

He was in books of Barnet FC for over 8 years and help them secure promotion to Football League in 2014-15 season.

He was subsequently signed by Luton Town for an undisclosed fee and was part of their 2017–18 EFL League Two promotion winning team.

Last season he didn’t get first team opportunities with Luton Town in League One. So, he joined Crawley Town and contributed 7 goals from 26 appearances in League Two.

Away Journey

If a Colchester United fan wants to attend every single away match this season then they have to travel 4254 miles which means on average they have to travel 185 miles per game.

The longest trip they have to take would be to Carlisle which is 314 miles away.

Odds being offered

Bookmakers consider Colchester to be 9th favorites to win tittle, and eighth favorites to win promotion.

Odds Effect
14/1 Title
7/2 Promotion
25/1Relegation

Colchester United fixtures 2019-20

We are attaching a google calendar below. By clicking on Agenda on top right you can view fixtures by date. You can also add this to your own calendar by clicking on + icon in bottom right.