Burnley defender Matt Lowton believes the summer signing of Maxwel Cornet has already had a huge impact on the club despite a gradual introduction to the pitch.
Cornet made his first start for the Clarets in Tuesday’s 4-1 Carabao Cup win over Rochdale, just days after his debut with a substitute appearance in Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Arsenal.
Although his playing time has been limited as the 24-year-old adjusts to life in English football, Lowton said the former Lyon player has already made his mark at the club.
âHe’s awesome and you can see the impact he’s had around the stadium,â Lowton said. âWhen he arrived this weekend the stadium was electric and he brought that air of energy with him.
âHe always has a smile on his face when he walks in, he works hard, he tries to talk to guys in English. He brought a great feeling and he just lifted the whole place up.
Cornet made a quick connection with Turf Moor fans, who were no doubt delighted to see what the Â£ 13million man can bring to Sean Dyche’s side after several transfer windows have passed. without major investment in the team.
The first signs were promising – although he missed his own chances, Cornet contributed two of Tuesday’s four goals, with his enthusiastic celebrations delighting the crowd.
âHe’s been like that in training,â Lowton said. âHe’s very energetic and very passionate.
âIt’s refreshing, it’s good to see and it’s good that the players come in with that kind of passion to show they want to help the team.
“It helps us, it uplifts the boys when you have someone like that around.” You see him on Tuesday night playing against players, carrying us onto the pitch and creating chances, that’s what we need.
Cornet could be back on the bench for Saturday’s trip to Leicester with Dyche looking to carefully manage his integration into English football.
But Lowton said Cornet quickly settled into the team.
âHe texted the squad after the weekend game,â Lowton said.
âHe was saying how much he liked it and how much he had enjoyed the first two weeks here. We have a great group of guys here who welcome everyone.
âWe all try to help him, he speaks a little English and seems a nice guy. He’s doing his best and I’m sure he will be great for us.
Burnley could use a boost on the pitch as they travel to King Power Stadium after taking just one point in five Premier League games so far.
Lowton said it didn’t reflect their performances so far but, having held the position before, notably last season, the 32-year-old said there was no sense of panic within the squad. .
âI don’t think we were playing too badly, but it’s an industry of results,â he said. “It was good to get the win (Tuesday) and do it the way we did, so hopefully we can get the positives from it in the Premier League.
âWe have been in this position before and have managed to get out of it several times. We’re not too depressed at the moment, the boys are optimistic.
“It would have been worse if we hadn’t played well, but it’s just about turning those performances into wins, and we can build on the experience of previous seasons.”