Age: 28 *
At Club Since: Summer 2017
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 45(5) *
Having spent most of his first season at the club as a hard-working but non-scoring striker in League Two, Biamou finally found a level of form in front of goal towards the end of the campaign. As an effective and bustling target-man, Biamou’s efforts most notably facilitated the goalscoring form of Marc McNulty. After the departure of McNulty, there was more pressure on Biamou to become a goalscorer himself – while adapting to a higher level of football – but his hopes of proving himself were dashed by a long-term injury picked up in the first month of the campaign.
Back to fitness in time for pre-season, the challenge for Maxime Biamou will be in winning his place back in the side. Most notably, Amadou Bakayoko has emerged as a similar kind of centre-forward and while he is less effective as a target-man, he seems to have a better knack of making things happen than Biamou. Furthermore, Mark Robins has switched to a lone striker system, which increases competition for Biamou’s place in the side and puts more of an onus for the centre-forward to be a goalscorer. As it stands, it’s hard to see Biamou breaking back into the side but he could be a useful option off the bench to put tiring opponents under physical pressure, which would provide him opportunities to work his way into Robins’ thinking, perhaps engendering a change of system.
*As of 17/09/2019