Burnley is preparing a £ 13 million offer for Lyons winger Maxwel Cornet, but has to face competition from Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.
Maxwel Cornet, 24, has been with Lyon since moving from FC Metz in 2015. The winger has gradually developed into a first-team player at Lyon, having played over 250 games, scored 51 goals and provided 29 assists in all competitions. from that.
While the Ivory Coast international started off with some success as a winger, he has recently moved on to a left-back. Cornet had a good 2020/21 season in Ligue 1, scoring two goals and five assists in 36 games, drawing the attention of Burnley and Hertha Berlin.
Burnley was involved in a relegation battle for most of last season and Sean Dyche knows he needs to improve his squad to avoid such a scenario again. The Clarets lacked quality and depth at both ends of the pitch while also struggling with injuries to a few top performers.
Scoring goals was a massive problem for Burnley
Burnley doesn’t look that attractive; a strong, determined team where the players compact the field and make it very difficult for the opponent to penetrate. Surprisingly, the Lancashire team were very open and disorganized last season when Dyche’s side conceded a whopping 55 goals in 38 games.
On the other side of the pitch, however, they usually struggled to score goals, with striker Chris Wood being the only spark. The Clarets only scored 33 goals throughout the 2020/21 league season, which is a very poor return and undoubtedly calls for improvement.
The Clarets’ lack of innovation needs to be addressed
Dyche only has Dwight McNeil and Johann Berg Gudmundsson as his options as far as the broad division is concerned. McNeil is one of the few creative players Burnley has, someone who is more than capable of creating or scoring a goal from scratch. Gudmundsson has not proven to be a consistent player for Dyche and is not good enough to start in the Premier League on a regular basis.
It’s clear that Burnley doesn’t have a lot of quality and depth in the vast areas of the pitch that can help them battle for a top-half finish next season. As such, Dyche must make signing a winger one of his top priorities this summer transfer window.
Maxwel Cornet could have an immediate effect on Turf Moor
Lyon star Maxwel Cornet is the newest player to be linked with Burnley. The 24-year-old profile is a hardworking, energetic, and versatile player whom Dyche admires and values. A versatile player, Cornet, who recently played for Lyon as a left-back, is more than capable of playing in wide areas.
Blessed with a good pace and the ability to outsmart defenders with his dribbling skills, the Ivory Coast international would give Burnley’s attack the much needed power. Cornet has an eye for goals too, having scored 51 goals for Lyon so far. He’s an exciting player who can get the fans off the pitch with brilliant moments.
Cornet’s versatility, along with his ability to both shoot and score, would appeal to Dyche. Burnley must do everything in his power to beat Hertha Berlin for the signature of the Lyon star.
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