Recently named EFL’s Championship Player of the Year after scoring 15 goals in 42 appearances for Brighton and Hove Albion, Anthony Knockaert is also about to become a Premier League player again.
Already tasting the top flight with Leicester City under Nigel Pearson, the winger decided to reject a new deal at the King Power Stadium to move to Standard Liège in Belgium instead.
Only spending six months there before moving to Brighton for an undisclosed fee, his time in the Jupiler Pro League was somewhat marred by a Twitter outburst regarding him getting subbed in a game against Leuven.
Reports emerged that there was some tension between Knockaert and then Standard manager Yannick Ferrera, yet the latter of the two took some time out in an interview with DH recently to clear the air.
He said of his supposed problems with the Albion forward: “It’s made up. Anthony used to moan when I took him off the pitch, but 15 minutes later, he would apologise. He’s such a doll, that guy. We’re still in touch. He’s an excellent player. He’s unpredictable for a manager, but that’s also the case for the opposition.”
Since moving to the AMEX Stadium, Knockaert has scored 20 goals and picked up 16 assists in 63 appearances for Brighton & Hove Albion, which is better than he managed in 106 games for Leicester City over three years (16 goals and 15 assists).
With Premier League football on the horizon, and age on his side, the 25-year-old has a lot to look forward to.