Leeds fans wish they had signed a £ 15million ace, rivals ‘played a blind spot’
While Leeds United must have regretted the absence of a winger from across the Channel in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley boss Sean Dyche was once again indebted to his own import from Ligue 1 as the Clarets fought to claim a point in a 3-3 reverse draw with Crystal Palace.
Burnley certainly broke with tradition when they recruited Maxwel Cornet from Lyon in August.
And not just because at £ 15million he became the most expensive footballer in their history.
The eternal Premier League outperformers hadn’t signed a player from outside the UK since Steven Defour in 2016.
But, given the way Cornet has settled into life on Turf Moor, Burnley might be tempted to look beyond Stoke, Bristol and Swansea from now on.
“I think we’re going to sit down at the end of the season and just watch a summary of his best goals,” beamed Burnley teammate Chris Wood, reflecting on Cornet’s thumping volley against Crystal Palace (Independent).
“He has a fantastic quality as a player, you see him on the pitch, and we are lucky to have him. Let this continue for a long time.
Burnley’s win is Leeds’ defeat with Maxwel Cornet
That first love at first sight on Saturday afternoon was Cornet’s fifth goal in just six Premier League starts.
Only the magnificent Mo Salah has a better goals-per-game ratio as it stands (Who scored).
In fact, Cornet has already scored more times this term than he did in the last set – although it must be said that the 25-year-old spent much of 2020/21 playing as a left-back rather than a left-winger .
How Marcelo Bielsa must wish he had a real winning talent like Cornet to call on right now (The sun).
Leeds are just one place and two points above Burnley in the Premier League table. And, while Dan James and Jack Harrison arguably produced their best performances of the season at Spurs, a White team without Raphinha looks like the Red Hot Chili Peppers without John Frusciante, the US office without Steve Carrell.
It just isn’t that magical.
Here’s what some Leeds United fans on Twitter had to say about Cornet:
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