We might still be looking for our first Premier League win of the season but in the last half hour of Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal there were plenty of positive signs.

The introduction of big summer signing Maxwel Cornet – and Matej Vydra – certainly provided an instant change in atmosphere at Turf Moor.

But even beside the noticeable lift for the fans, who met every touch from Cornet like it was heaven-sent, the change in pace on the pitch and the upping of the attacking intent gave a glimpse of how we might look going forward.

The first half was a bit of a non-event between two teams clearly struggling for form but the one moment of quality – a superb free-kick from Martin Odegaard to give Arsenal the lead – was one which could have been avoided.

Nick Pope, who is usually so composed so I’m not being too critical, fired a hurried clearance straight out of play to gift the Gunners possession and when Bakayo Saka was given space to drive towards goal, it left Ashley Westwood very little option but to bring him down.

There was a real sense of inevitability when Odegaard stepped up to fire the free-kick past Pope from just outside the D and a sense of us having shot ourselves in the foot once again.

We were much better in the second half and really started to put Arsenal under pressure even before the introduction of Cornet.

There’s always a danger with a player like Cornet – someone with Champions League experience – that the hype isn’t backed up by the performance.

And it’s difficult to make a proper judgement on a 32-minute showing, coming into a game at 1-0 down.

But the lad looks to have real quality about him; he looks genuinely two-footed, he’s quick, he’s strong and while he had to be led by his teammates at times when he didn’t have the ball, I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s fully up to speed.

We know that boss Sean Dyche has very exacting standards and that this outing probably isn’t enough to force a starting place but it does, finally, give us a fresh option in the attacking third.

I’d love to see Dyche throw caution to the wind in some games and completely change things up – just imagine a having Cornet and Johan Berg Gudmundsson on the wings and Dwight McNeil behind Chris Wood. What a time to be alive that would be!

We always believed this season would be difficult – there’s no gimmes in the Premier League as Dyche points out – but despite fans leaving the Turf on Saturday have witnessed another defeat, there was plenty of buzz and a real spring in the step of many.

The search for a win goes on but I have a feeling it might not be too far away. Get that and it’s game on!