Maxime Biamou’s Coventry City story is pretty remarkable.
The ever-popular Frenchman has come a long way in the last four years.
Plucked from non-league Sutton United, the centre-forward took time to get going in League Two but eventually came good, earning cult status among the fans for his penchant for wonder goals and hitting Notts County with both barrels in the memorable play-off semi-final second leg.
A devastating second ACL of his career set back his progress at the start of his second season with the Sky Blues but after returning to full fitness he went on to establish himself in League One and cement his status as a firm favourite of the Sky Blue Army.
Question marks were raised, however, as to whether he could step up another level and cut it in the Championship, so much so that he came incredibly close to leaving in October when the club were prepared to let him go to ease the club’s wage bill.
But the determined and hugely likeable 30-year-old dug in once again, exercising his right to stay and fight for his place, and set out to prove he can continue to do a job for the club he has grown to love.
On Saturday he earned that seal of approval when he scored a goal, created chances for strike partner Tyler Walker and knocked the Millers’ defence all over the place in an impressively bruising and dominant display up front.
After the match he received a sporting pat on the back from Rotherham boss and gentleman of the game, Paul Warne, who congratulated him on his performance, admitting publicly that the centre-forward had ‘beaten up’ his back line a little bit.
The only endorsement that counts, of course, is that of Mark Robins but if Biamou continues to play the way he did at the weekend then he is almost certain to play a huge part for the Sky Blues this season rather than be made available for a move this January