Jones believes Cornick is well on the way to being a top frontman for Town

Harry Cornick gets forward against Swansea on SaturdayHarry Cornick gets forward against Swansea on Saturday
Harry Cornick gets forward against Swansea on Saturday
Attacker still growing into his role at Kenilworth Road

Luton chief Nathan Jones is fully confident that attacker Harry Cornick is well on the way to being a frontman in his own right.

The 25-year-old joined from Bournemouth in August 2017, snapped up Jones himself during his first stint at Kenilworth Road.

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Originally a winger, Jones set about transforming him into a more central role, and it has led to a return of 22 goals from 120 appearances, after netting a stunning effort during the 1-1 at Leeds On Tuesday night.

If you ask Cornick himself, finishing remains his Achilles heel, and it proved on Saturday as he blasted a glorious chance over the bar during the 1-0 win at Swansea City.

Jones is confident that the art of goalscoring can still be coached into the attacker though, saying: “When we recruited Harry, Harry was a right-winger and a little bit of, and I say this with the greatest of respect, he was a little bit of a nomad.

“He had a contract with Bournemouth but he was loaned to Yeovil, I think he went to non-league and then Gillingham.

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“I wanted him for five year. We wanted to give him a home, we also said we’re going to work with you in terms of turning him into a front man and he’s well on the way to being a front man.

“Because we signed him in League Two and he adapted to League Two, he adapted quickly to League One and he’s adapted to the Championship.

“We knew what we were getting, he’s still learning, still developing.

“We’ve got him a little bit later in his development so of course you can coach him, composure was all it was.

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“When he got in that position (at Swansea) it was ‘I’m going to hit it as hard as I can.’

"Whereas probably if he just got it on target, it would have gone in, but it was a wonderful run.”

Jones is confident that with his record of being able to mould other members of the Town squad during his first stint as manager, then he can continue to do the same with Cornick.

He added: "In terms of the work, what we see is a profile of what we like, and we saw a lot of those profiles in Harry Cornick.

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“So, we then work on the rough edges. I’ve done it with other players before, if you look at Pelly-Ruddock (Mpanzu).

“Pelly came here as a centre half, we had to make him more durable.

"Then he was a defensive midfield player but then, suddenly, he now becomes this attacking powerhouse.

“So, we’ve done it with a lot of people along the way.

"Jack Stacey is one that was a right winger at Reading, but had all the attributes to be a real attacking full back.

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"We told him that and sold him the dream and he’s proved that.

“Elliot Lee came in as a frontman and has turned into a wonderful number ten.

"I played him wide on the weekend and he can adapt, so if people have certain attributes, fit the bill and they’re willing to work, keep an open mind and learn, then they can (change) and they’ve done that.

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