Bi­amou has got what it takes, says ex-boss

Coventry Telegraph - - FOOTBALL - Sut­ton boss Paul Doswell Matt Green

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.”

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