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3 goals already: Did Leeds miss out on another Raphinha after £10m bid?

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According to Sean Dyche, Burnley supporters haven’t seen the best of Maxwel Cornet yet. A scary thought, if true. 

If the £13 million winger is performing this well before he’s got up to speed with life in the Premier League, imagine what Cornet could do with a three or four months of regular first-team football under his belt. 

“We’ve been pleased so far, but it’s still early days,” Dyche told the Burnley Express after Cornet almost single-handedly snatched a point off a dominant Southampton side on Saturday afternoon. 

“He’s still getting to the true fitness and sharpness and understanding, that balance to his performance as well, between the attacking and defensive side. 

“In the Premier League, that’s a really important thing. Southampton had a spell where he didn’t quite see the defensive picture as quickly. 

“These are the things you learn from playing in the Premier League, and I’m sure he will do. So far he’s made a good, positive start to his life at Burnley Football Club.” 

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‘Good’? ‘Positive’? Dyche has never been one for hyperbole, but his understated response to Cornet’s early displays does not do the Ivorian’s impact justice.

Maybe the manager just wants to keep Cornet’s feet on the ground. This, after all, is a Burnley side without a shred of ego, a solid, honest bunch of down-to-earth pros.

The difference now, however, is they have a genuine match-winner in their midst, someone who – after becoming the club’s first overseas signing in five years – is capable of turning a game on its head all on his own, as he did at St Mary’s last time out. 

Can Maxwel Cornet save Burnley from relegation?

After opening his Burnley account with a fierce volley against Leicester City, Cornet repeated the trick on the South Coast, finding the bottom corner with an instinctive strike from outside the box after opening the scoring with a first-half header.

The former Lyon ace has managed three goals from just seven shots in Clarets colours (WhoScored).

According to reports from France, Burnley fought off competition from Leeds United to seal Cornet’s signature on a five-year deal in August, their eventual £13 million bid dwarfing the £10 million offer slapped down by the Yorkshire giants. 

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And it is thanks to Cornet that, after nine games, there are just three points separating Burnley from Leeds at the bottom of the Premier League table.

With Rodrigo Moreno, Daniel James and Jack Harrison flattering to deceive, Leeds are starting to look more and more over-reliant on the mercurial talents of Brazil international Raphinha; the spicy seasoning in Marcelo Bielsa’s bubbling pot of ragu. 

Raphinha, when fit and firing, can win games on his own; something that may prove to be the difference between survival and relegation for a Leeds side yet to rediscover the swagger and intensity of last season’s ninth-place finish.

If his first few weeks at Turf Moor are anything to go by, Burnley might have their own Raphinha these days.

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