Cape Town - Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael believes new signing Maxime
Cosse has to play his own game and cannot be compared to successful
local imports such as Gustavo Paez and Jeremy Brockie.
Cosse signed for Ea Lla Koto in the
January transfer window on a one-year contract and the Belgian made his
debut in last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Baroka in Bethlehem. As such,
Eymael has made it clear that he needs time to get used to South African
football and played down expectations.
He told Kickoff: "Well I think he played 25 minutes, it is his job, he has to acclimatise to the speed of the game and the speed of the Absa Premiership.
"He had good things and some things
where he has to improve and acclimatise to his team-mates. But I'm sure
he will add something to the team for the future. He can play with both
feet left and right, he can play on both wings, he can play behind the
"But no, Cosse is Cosse, Brockie is Brockie and Paez is Paez. It's
like when you want to compare Messi or Ronaldo, people always want to do
"Ronaldo is Ronaldo, Messi is Messi,
Thierry Henry is Thierry Henry...he is only Maxime Cosse. So, we'll only
have to see how he adapts to the PSL, what he can bring to the team. "He just has now to work hard and not look to other players like
Brockie or Paez. No, no, to me he is not the same player at all. We will
see what he can do."