Sunday, July 12
The return of Modibo Maiga!
Slightly shocked to look at the team sheet for yesterday's 3-3 draw at Peterborough and discover that Modibo Maiga was playing up front. Like most fans, I'd forgotten he was at the club, though he was actually only on loan at Metz in France last season, where he scored a respectable nine goals in 25 appearances. A bit like finding that missing sock at the bottom of your drawer or that old Cranberries CD behind the hi-fi. Felt a bit sorry for Maiga at times being played alone up front as a target man by Big Sam. He clearly has some skill as we saw with fine goals against Southampton in a 4-1 win, and against West Brom in a 3-3 draw. Modibo was a similar price and gamble to Diafra Sakho, but with vastly differing results. He's behind Sakho, Valencia and Carroll but might he yet get some chances as a second striker? With a new manager anything is possible.