‘He spends a lot of time clapping the fans but I’ll knock that out of him soon!’: Sean Dyche insists Maxwel Cornet can still improve despite scoring fourth goal in five Premier League games as Burnley boss celebrates ninth anniversary
- Cornet scored third goal in Burnley’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Saturday
- Ivory Coast striker has been a revelation since moving to Turf Moor for £13m
- Sean Dyche toasted nine-year anniversary at Burnley with first win of the season
- Burnley remained third from bottom and three points adrift of safety
When Sean Dyche arrived at Burnley, the main attraction was a striker signed for barely seven figures from Swindon Town.
Today it’s a £13million Ivorian international from Lyon. What a difference nine years makes.
As with Charlie Austin in his first match, Maxwel Cornet was one of the stars of Dyche’s big day as the manager celebrated his anniversary at Turf Moor in some style — a rampant first-half display that produced three goals to secure Burnley’s first win of the season.
Sean Dyche celebrated his ninth anniversary in charge of Burnley with a 3-1 win over Brentford
Maxwel Cornet was one of the stars of Dyche’s big day as the manager celebrated in style
It was one of many firsts: a first win at home since January and the first time in Premier League history the Clarets had scored three at home in the opening half.
It was also the first time Cornet had been able to celebrate in front of the home fans, taking down Dwight McNeil’s pass expertly before shifting on to his right foot and firing a venomous effort beyond Alvaro Fernandez.
It added to earlier strikes from Chris Wood and Matt Lowton.
Chris Wood fired Burnley in front early in the first half as the Clarets ran riot over Brentford
Cornet added a third in the first half to notch his fourth goal in five Premier League games
Cornet now has four goals in just five appearances in the league. Falling into the category that Dyche may label ‘risk’ players, Cornet has proved a gamble that is certainly paying off — even if his manager insists he has plenty room for improvement.
‘We are still working on the other sides of his game because in the Premier League the transition is very quick,’ said the manager.
‘We have to get some energy into his running rather than clapping the fans, he spends a lot of time clapping the fans but don’t worry I will knock that out of him soon.’