Paul Brown: Maxwel Cornet has not shown enough

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West Ham United summer signing Maxwel Cornet has not shown enough during his time at the club so far.

What’s the word?

That is according to Paul Brown, who has informed GIVEMESPORT of his view on the Ivorian’s lack of gametime since joining up with the London Stadium side.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about the 26-year-old, the journalist said: “It does seem at the moment that he’s being used, and is more likely to be used, in a kind of super-sub role to come on and try and change games or come up with that one moment of magic that swings something in difficult circumstances.

“It doesn’t look like he’s shown the manager enough to be a regular starter, so it’s a blow for him that he can’t prove it at the moment.”

“Unbelievable” but underperforming?

It’s easy to forget just how impressive Cornet was at Lyon just two seasons ago, with his move to Burnley in the summer of 2021 coming as quite a shock to those who had got wind of his potential over in France.

A former Champions League regular, the Ivory Coast winger traded that for a crack at the Premier League and worked wonders for a Burnley side who would have been doomed much earlier without his nine league goals in his debut season in England.

The “unbelievable” 26-year-old, as dubbed by compatriot Kolo Toure, more than earned his £17.5m summer move to West Ham, but so far has failed to live up to the heights he hit at Turf Moor last season, mainly due to a lack of minutes on the pitch under David Moyes.

Brown clearly feels as though Cornet is not working hard enough behind the scenes, and of course he has had to wait to prove himself to his manager, having sustained an injury just 34 minutes into his full Premier League debut for the Irons against Wolves recently.

It has been an unfortunate start to life at the London Stadium for the Ivorian, with his latest setback doing him no favours in his already challenging bid to lodge himself in Moyes’ first team plans, with the Scottish boss known to back his regulars – seven players have started all or all but one of West Ham’s league matches so far this term.

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