With the transfer window in full swing, Crystal Palace have been in the thick of the action. With Aaron Wan-Bissaka leaving the club in a big-money move to Manchester United and the ever-developing saga involving Wilfried Zaha and Arsenal, the south London club is on their way to making over £100m in transfer fees this summer. It is crucial that the club can reinvest the fees that they receive to improve their squad and negate the risk of falling behind their mid-table rivals. With Zaha potentially on his way out of the club, Palace are left with only Andros Townsend as an orthodox winger in their squad. This is where I think the investment should be focused on building quality depth in the wide areas, and a compatriot of Zaha could be an excellent fit for Palace.
Manchester City fans are probably well aware of Lyon winger Maxwel Cornet, the Ivorian scored against City in both group stage games in the Champions League. Those standout performances were Cornet’s first two starts of the season and led Pep Guardiola to express his interest in the winger. The 22-year-old winger has been unable to nail down a position in Lyon’s starting XI, making 12 starts and 15 appearances from the bench last season. However, he made the most of his opportunities last season, scoring seven goals and registering five assists in Ligue 1. If first-team opportunities continue to be hard to come by in France, Cornet could be open to a move to England in search of regular first-team football.
Cornet is a pacy, skilful winger who also possesses an eye for a pass. Cornet is an unpredictable winger who can beat a defender in a one-on-one situation, averaging 1.9 dribbles per game, he can cut inside or outside where he explodes towards the byline before crossing. Cornet’s strongest attribute is his finishing, scoring seven goals in a season that mainly saw the Ivorian come off of the bench. The goal-scoring prowess could play a crucial part for Palace next season with their top scorer Luka Milivojevic registering 12 goals.
Valued at £13.5m, the 22-year-old winger looks to be an incredible prospect that could really profit from Crystal Palace’s counter-attacking style of play. Being able to utilise his pace on the wing could provide Eagles supporters with a new Ivorian winger to be besotted with.