75 Games In: Maxime Biamou

It’s been quite some journey for Maxime Biamou at Coventry City. Having looked off-the-pace at League Two level in his first few appearances at the club, Biamou has played a role in both of our promotions and shown that he can make an impact at Championship level. A hard-working and effective target-man, Biamou has established himself as a cult hero at Coventry City both for his penchant for scoring spectacular goals and for his positive, affable personality. He is someone who clearly enjoys being at the club and has a habit of keeping himself in the first-team reckoning with important contributions.

Having looked like his time at the club might be coming to an end over the summer after the addition of Tyler Walker, the form of Matt Godden last season and the renewal of Amadou Bakayoko’s contract, Maxime Biamou has shown why it would have been a mistake to let him go. Biamou provides a level of physicality and nous that is far above what our other strikers provide, which gives the team the option to play longer passes to relieve pressure and helps take some of the attention away from our other, more mobile forwards. With the team having struggled to play out from the back as much as last season, Biamou has arguably become a more important player for the team as an out-ball in the Championship than he was as part of a rotation of strikers in League One.

Although he is now at the age of 30, Maxime Biamou seems like the kind of player who will continue to be effective for a good few years. The question is whether Mark Robins sees it that way, given that the manager has been reticent over the past two seasons to hand Biamou an extended run in the side. As much as Biamou still has an important role to play in our survival attempts in the Championship, unless he starts scoring at a rate to make him undroppable, he may well be a player the manager will look to find an improvement upon over the next year or two.

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