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INTERVIEW: "He’s looking strong and stronger than ever"

Robins talks Max Biamou return...

30 November 2019

The Sky Blues will welcome the return of Max Biamou this weekend, after completing his three-match suspension.

The striker has missed the Sky Blues last three games, only featuring in the Leasing.com Trophy fixture in that time period, where he scored a hat-trick.

Before his suspension, Max had worked his way back into the starting eleven, partnering Amadou Bakayoko up top.

Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins is looking forward to the return of one of his strikers, praising his hard work and dedication to get back into the side.

“He looks hungry.” Robins said.

“Clearly the sending off has annoyed him as well and hopefully he will be chomping at the bit to play some part.

“It’s concentration and I can see that in him. His concentration levels in front of goal are good and his techniques very good and I’m just happy that he’s looking strong and stronger than ever and that’s testament to him and the way he’s worked in his time away from the game.

“Also, he’s had time to reflect and understand what he has when he’s fit and cherish it and work hard to make sure he was the best time in his career that he can.

“It’s something that you’ve got to be happy with when you’ve got players coming back to health and we can get them involved.

“That’s the same for everyone who’s been fit and played, they’ve played a really important part and will keep doing so and we’ve got to keep trying to improve.”

Before his red card, Max had partnered Baka up top in the games against Peterborough United, Fleetwood and Accrington Stanley, in a 5-3-2 formation.

Asked if that was something he would consider again, Robins revealed it was one of a number of formations the Sky Blues can play.

“They can do, I think the games that they’ve played, you look at the Peterborough game, half of the game against Fleetwood and then a portion of the game against Accrington Stanley.

“I think that’s potentially something we can look at and go with and certainly if we don’t start that way you can maybe go to that during a game but you can say that for a lot of other players as well because there’s a lot of combinations and once I start getting players fit things change again.

“At this moment in time the players that are fit can do themselves a lot of good in regards to being in the team and staying in the team but everybody’s got to fight.”

There was also an update on the fitness of Jamie Allen, who continues his road to recovery, having featured for the Under-23s on Monday.

“He’s getting there, I think if you saw the game the other day he was busy and Callum O’Hare was very good too and we know what they’re capable of doing and its good to have them around it and available and he’s getting very close.

“He’s got a lot of experience for a 24-year-old and he’s got a lot of qualities as well. He can weigh in with goals, he’s busy, he’s infectious on the pitch even though he’s quiet off the pitch, in terms of his performance he’s very loud, not with voice necessarily but he certainly makes you look at him.

“He’s diminutive but he’s powerful as well as there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of his performances.

“But again, you look at the performances of Zain and Shippers and Walshy and Kells, I’ve got good midfield players and that’s without mentioning the young players, Josh Eccles and Dan Bartlett who’s out injured but there’s a lot of good players there.”


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