Age: 27 *
At Club Since: Summer 2017
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 43(5) *
A player who won fans over with his work-rate and excellent hold-up play, the debate with Biamou has always been whether his low rate of goalscoring can be forgiven for the other things he provides the side with. As a reference point for the team in attack, Biamou was absolutely crucial for much of the season, providing the likes of Marc McNulty and our other forward players a focal point to play off and the rest of the team with an out-ball to relieve pressure, knowing that Biamou would win most of his aerial battles and then pick out a team-mate. The exciting thing with Biamou heading into the new season though is that his improved goalscoring form in the final couple of months may be a signal that he’s getting closer to being the complete package as a striker.
Of course, it would have been debatable whether the improved run of form in front of goal he showed in the final months of last season could have been replicated over a full season in League Two, let alone at League One level, but there will surely be an improved return now that Biamou is integrated both into the side and into life as a professional footballer. This was a player who looked off-the-pace when he first arrived at the club, surely an effect of stepping up from part-time football, but has improved leaps and bounds since then. A Maxime Biamou scoring at a respectable rate could be a huge asset for us this season.
*As of 21/08/2018