Biamou has got what it takes, says ex-boss
into a ‘multi-functional’ forward. “He’s a great lad who works hard and Coventry have got a very, very good player there,” said Doswell, who revealed that City beat off two rival League Two clubs for his signature.
“The key, as with all these things, is getting a chance. And if he does he will cope with the standard and I think he will get better and better.
“He got better as the year went on and I think we did the hard work with him, and if he’d stayed with us we would have had the benefit of the second year. It’s a big change from French to English football but after Christmas he sort of came into his own really.”
Biamou fired in 14 goals for United last term, nine of which came in the second half of the season.
“I think he’d have scored 20 plus goals for us in the National League this season,” said Doswell, who can’t speak highly enough of the player.
“He’s a multi-functional forward. He’s a fantastic header and has a great leap on him. He’s quick and strong and if he gets chances he will finish them, so he’s a good all-round forward for me.
“He holds it up well, although he could be better in terms of his first touch, but a lot of what he does is on the run. But he can certainly hold the ball up. He was only training two days a week so going full-time will make a huge difference to him and he’ll just get fitter.”
He added: “He works hard as well and the fans will like him. They won’t ever accuse him of being a lazy player. He’ll run his socks off for the team; he’s a team player so if someone has got a better chance he’ll help them.
“He’s got a good running style and when he’s on the run with the ball he’s very good technically as well. He has got some great tricks on him.
“Defenders won’t like playing against him. They are no different to Conference defenders at that level, generally big and slow.” Arriving as an unknown at Sutton last summer, Doswell explained how the deal came about and how, just 12 months on, League Two clubs have been competing for his services. “I have a very good link with a French agent who asked me if I’d like to have a look at him,” he said of the centre-forward. “We looked into him and brought him in for pre-season training and it was obvious that he was a good player and we signed him. “Our supporters took to him very quickly. He scored an overhead volley in his first game against Torquay, a brilliant goal, and it certainly helps when you score one like that on your debut.” Doswell revealed that City’s head of recruitment, Tommy Widdrington, was responsi- ble for getting the deal done. “The deal came together very quickly because there were other clubs in front of Coventry, to be honest, and Tommy – who I know very well from his time as Eastbourne Borough manager – made the deal happen very, very quickly with Mark (Robins),” he said.
“It all happened over the weekend. He was going for a medical at another club on the Monday and Coventry stepped in and Max chose Coventry over a couple of other clubs in League Two, both clubs with ambitions in the division.”
U’s fans are gutted to see one of their terrace favourites leave but Doswell couldn’t be happier for the lad.
“The fans will be disappointed to lose him but, as a club, we’re not disappointed at all,” he said. “We’re over the moon for him because one of the club’s philosophies is that’s how we get them to the club in the first place, to give them the opportunity to get better and move on, and that’s six players we’ve sold in the last year or so.”
City gaffer Mark Robins beat off competition from two League Two clubs to secure the signature of Sutton United’s Maxime Biamou
COVENTRY City have been beaten to the signature of experienced striker Matt Green by League Two newcomers Lincoln City.
The 30-year-old became the Imps’ first summer signing this week when he moved on a free transfer from big spending Mansfield Town who have snapped up 12 new signings to date, with more new recruits planned.
The Telegraph understands that the Sky Blues had expressed an interest in Green, who hit 29 goals for the Stags over the last two seasons, but the player opted to hook up with his former strike partner and target man Matt Rhead.
A source close to the player said: “He had an offer from Coventry but decided to go to Lincoln.”
When asked about the opportunity to link up with Rhead again, Green told Lincolnshire Live: “I spoke to Rheady and he was the major reason for me coming to the club. He’s a big strong boy and when he throws his weight around there aren’t that many men, especially at this level, who can contain him.”