Burnley attacking midfielder Maxwel Cornet has revealed his football idol in a chat with Football Daily. The Ivorian international admitted that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is his idol and mentor. According to him, he watched Didier Drogba on TV while he was growing up in France. His family had left Ivory Coast for France at the time.
Cornet has been able to make a big impact at Burnley following his move to the club this summer. The Clarets were said to have paid £15m to secure his transfer from French Ligue 1 giants Lyon.
Ahead of the Premier League visit to Chelsea, Cornet had the chance to emulate his idol, Didier Drogba, by scoring at Stamford Bridge. Cornet has made a fantastic start to life at Turf Moor with four goals in his first five games before the Chelsea clash.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has used Cornet as a supporting striker for New Zealander Chris Woods in recent games and he retained the same role for the Chelsea game. In the end, the 23-cap Ivorian national team player could not emulate Didier Drogba by finding the back of the net at Stamford Bridge and he was also not able to continue his good scoring form.
Cornet didn’t score, but his Burnley side picked up an impressive 1-1 draw against hosts Chelsea thanks to the second half equaliser from Czech substitute Matej Vydra. The goal from Vydra cancelled out the first half strike from German Kai Havertz.
New Burnley signing Cornet now has four goals in six games for his new team after his inability to score. He would be hoping to return to scoring form when the Clarets take on in-form London team Crystal Palace at home when club football resumes later this month and on the back of the international break.