Dundee United boss given ‘food for thought’ by goal hero as striker sidelined

Dundee United manager Thomas Courts believes Louis Appere’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Ross County yesterday has given him “food for thought” as the Tannadice side were denied the chance to leapfrog Celtic in the Premiership table by a 90th-minute equaliser from Jack Baldwin.

Appere was handed a rare start for the Arabs and repaid Courts’ faith with a composed finish to fire United in front and push his claim for a regular place in the starting XI.


DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 07: Thomas Courts, manager of Dundee United at the end the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Dundee United and Rangers FC at on August 7, 2021 in Dundee, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Despite never really nailing down a regular place, Appere is just shy of 75 appearances for Dundee United and Court believes that experience helped the young forward lead the line for his side.

“It was a great composed finish from Louis,” Courts said after the 1-1 draw. “He has a lot of first-team experience and we sometimes forget that.


“Louis played as a striker and it was great to see him rewarded. He led the line really well.

“He has given me food for thought.

“We’re missing a few players. A number have been very consistent for this club this year but I’m looking forward to some returning to give me that headache.”

While Appere was impressing for United, Courts could be without Max Biamou as the Tannadice side enter a hectic run of games with the former Coventry striker going for a scan after picking up a foot injury.

Biamou is expected to miss clashes with Motherwell, Celtic and Livingston but Courts remains hopeful he could return to training within a few weeks.

“Max went for a scan during the week because he had a collision on his foot at Livingston.

“It has been very stop-start for him since he has come to the club.

“He has bone bruising and we need to nurse him back to full fitness as soon as possible.

“When will he be back? It will be down to his pain threshold and when the discomfort allows him to train and play.

“Hopefully he’ll be back within a week or two.”

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