Name: Cohen Bramall
Position: Left Back
Born: April 2, 1996, Crewe
Former Club: Colchester
Contract Expires: June 30, 2022 (according to transfermarkt) –
2020/21: Appearance 12 (6) Goals 0
Bramall started his career playing non-league football but made headlines back in 2017 when, after spells with Kidsgrove, Market Drayton and Hednesford, he was snatched up by Premier League giants Arsenal for a fee thought to be around £40,000. Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace were both monitoring his progress, but he joined the Gunners and linked up with their Under 23 squad.
He spent two-and-a-half years with Arsenal, but he failed to make a senior appearance for them. He did spend time on loan at Birmingham City, where his made his senior debut in a 2-1 EFL Cup defeat against Bournemouth in August 2017. Just a couple of days later, he made his Football League debut at St Andrew’s, starting as the Blues lost 2-0 to Reading. The remainder of his loan was disrupted by injuries, and he ended up appearing just five times in the Championship, starting three of those matches.
He returned to Arsenal for 2018/19, but appeared just three times for their Under 21 side in the EFL Trophy before being released at the end of the season. Bramall blasted the club when he left, claiming many of their young players would take the same route in search of regular senior football.
He had a brief trial with Danny Cowley’s Imps in the summer, turning out in two pre-season friendlies before joining Colchester United, where he made 46 League Two starts across a season and a half. In total, he enjoyed 56 outings for the Us, all of them starts, with two goals to his credit.
He joined the Imps on February 1, transfer deadline day, for an undisclosed fee as his Colchester contract ran down. Upon joining, he said “I am buzzing, and I can’t wait to get started. When I spoke with the gaffer, he was really positive about the club. I’ve played here before and the supporters were great, I can’t wait to show them what I can bring to the side.”
He made his Imps debut as a 62nd-minute sub for Tayo Edun as we drew 0-0 with Hull City on February 9, before getting his first start against Accrington at Sincil Bank five days later. Bramall was unlucky not to get his first goal of the campaign against MK Dons, when his free-kick came back off the post and bounced into the net off the goalkeeper.
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