In Focus: Tottenham target Cornet isn’t good enough to start for them yet

According to reports in The Mirror’s live transfer blog at 7:23pm on December 20, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Lyon winger Maxwel Cornet, who has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract and has scored 24 goals in 116 games for the French club.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Spurs are monitoring the 21-year-old carefully with a view to making a move for the forward in the future, although they could face competition for his signature from Borussia Dortmund.

Even though Erik Lamela has recently returned to action following a long injury lay-off, the north London outfit still don’t have many wide options and that is something that manager Mauricio Pochettino may look to put right either during the January transfer window, or next summer.

How has Cornet done this season?

The 21-year-old really burst on to the scene with Lyon during the two previous campaigns, and he has made a decent – if unremarkable – start to proceedings this term.

The winger has scored two goals and provided a further four assists in 21 appearances in all competitions – including the Europa League – with around half of those coming from the substitutes’ bench.

The Ivory Coast international has been more of a regular starter in Ligue 1 in recent weeks though, and according to WhoScored.com, he has successfully completed 12 of the 25 dribbles he has attempted in France and Europe this season, although the same website also lists one of his weaknesses as his crossing – not ideal for a wide-man.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?

If they could get him for £7m, then he certainly would be.

The 21-year-old certainly isn’t the finished article but with 16 goals and six assists in 83 Ligue 1 appearances for the Lyon, the potential is very much there.

The winger – who can play on either flank – would add some much-needed pace to the Spurs frontline, but he would more likely be a substitute at first if he does move to north London anytime soon.