There has been talk recently that Maxwel Cornet could play as a left wing-back for West Ham United.
The 26-year-old has really struggled with form and injuries since moving to the Hammers though. It seems as though there isn’t a route into the starting XI for him right now.
However, it appears as though that will not be an option…
Maxwel Cornet faces a struggle if he is to force his way into the West Ham season
The Ivorian is not at the level needed to play as a left wing-back for the Hammers in the Premier League.
That’s according to football journalist Paul Brown who told Give Me Sport that Cornet is just not cut out to perform that specific role at the very highest level:
“I would be surprised to see Cornet playing as a left wing-back for West Ham. They don’t often play with wing-backs at the moment and, because they’ve signed a lot of very good midfielders, I think it would be difficult to play that way. I’m not really sure that Cornet is cut out for that in the Premier League, and it’s not something that Moyes has tried yet. I guess Moyes would have looked at it and wondered whether that is an option, but he doesn’t look like someone who, naturally, would feel comfortable playing that way. I think he might get found out in the Premier League if he is tried out there, so it could be a little bit risky. He feels more like an impact player off the bench for West Ham, at best. He has the talent and is a scorer of spectacular goals – he did that quite often for Burnley – but he’s never really shown the kind of form for West Ham where you would say he deserves a run in the team from the start of the game. I think he is more likely to be used as an impact sub.”
I actually agree with Paul Brown here.
If Cornet is to feature for the Hammers, it will most likely be as a late substitute.
Moyes will clearly start Said Benrahma as a left winger, and when we play the better teams, there will be three in midfield with Lucas Paqueta out on the left.
Maybe the Ivorian could be used as a backup for Jarrod Bowen, but that’s about it. Unfortunately for Maxwel Cornet, I just don’t see much of a future for him at West Ham.