Star man Maxwel Cornet determined to build on ‘dream start’ at Burnley


Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal in the Premier League match between Southampton and Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium on 23 October 2021 in Southampton, England.

The 25-year-old didn’t take long to find his feet in the Premier League after leaving Lyon at the end of August.

The Ivorian hasn’t looked back since his home introduction to Arsenal when he replaced Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the second half.

“I am very happy to be here,” he said. “It’s really a dream start for me. It’s amazing to be a key part of the team from the start.

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Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet celebrates with his teammates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley at the King Power Stadium on September 25th 2021 in Leicester, England.

“I have to do all I can to keep it this way.

“I love the atmosphere and the welcome the crowd gave me when I arrived and I’m very grateful for that. That’s why I try to give my all in every game.”

Only Liverpool’s Mo Salah (all 112.9) has a better return in minutes per goal than Cornet (113.8) in the top flight this season when you consider players who have made five or more starts.

The forward, whose transfer was confirmed ahead of the Clarets’ home game against Leeds United, marked his first start with his first goal in English football.

The club’s joint record purchase, which had been pursued by Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, marked the first game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium with a wonderful first time.

He would score four more times in his next five league games. Cornet said: “It was an incredible moment; to score in the Premier League was incredible.

“It was a Vydra ball on the right, I hit it the first time without thinking and it was awesome.

“I try to prepare as best as possible for the game every weekend so that I can do my best every game. I’m very happy.”

The Ivorian international admits he is enjoying the freedom he has been granted since leaving Ligue 1.

Cornet, who received a red card in his last appearance in France, had played a much more defensive role under Rudi Garcia.

However, he left with 51 goals in 232 matches in all competitions for the seven-time champion of France.

“It’s completely different because in Lyon they played me left-back,” said Cornet. “Here I’m a forward, which is a position I’ve known for a long time. It’s easier for me to get into attacking positions and score a lot more goals.

“The coach [Sean Dyche] really puts me at ease, he gives me the freedom to express myself at the top, while working hard for the team.

“Even though everything is not perfect yet, I’m working on it. I try to understand the movement of my teammates, something that they enjoy, so that I can put them in the best possible positions and they can do the same for me.

“It’s a good sign for the future, so we stay humble and keep working hard.”

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