Anthony Knockaert: Better than Wilfried Zaha?
The Leicester winger has earned rave reviews this season, but is he better than the Manchester United youngster?
Leicester City struck gold last summer with the signing of Anthony Knockaert from French side Guingamp.
Despite receiving much less media, Knockaert has had a much more successful season in the Championship than new Manchester United signing Wilfried Zaha.
Scoring and setting up more goals than the on loan Crystal Palace winger, Knockaert was scouted by Arsenal in December but Leicester managed to keep hold of their much adored asset.
Miraculously beating Benfica, Sochaux, Marseille and Newcastle to the 21-year-old’s signature, the Foxes have found a remarkable talent in Knockaert.
Forcing his way into City’s squad ahead of Ben Marshall, the Frenchman’s performances have been lauded by managers across the country.
His goals against Huddersfield Town last year, including an audacious heel flick (available), became popular on YouTube as the winger quickly made a name for himself in the English game.
The French U21 star was born in Roubaix and joined Guingamp in 2009. Making 61 appearances and scoring 12 goals for the French club, despite his young age, soon caught the attention of a number of clubs.
He signed for Leicester in the summer of 2012 and scored his first goal against Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup.
Going on to score seven goals in 27 appearances in the Championship, Knockaert was quickly identified as a game-changing player. His flare and tricks not only entertain the crowd but also have helped Leicester City sustain a playoff place since October.
Despite constant speculation about his future, Knockaert told the Leicester Mercury this month that he is happy in the East Midlands.
"I am very happy to play for Leicester because there is a very big fan base and we have a very good group of players," he said.
"The town is good but the weather isn't, but you can't have everything. I am very happy. The club is fantastic to me.
"I am enjoying my football and I think the group are enjoying it too.
"But I will enjoy it even more when we get into the Premier League because, for me and for the group, the most important thing is promotion.
"We have some good quality with Chris Wood, Harry Kane and David Nugent, but every player in the squad has good quality.
"We need everyone for the rest of the season because everyone's talent is needed to gain promotion.
"If we don't go up, I will not be happy because we have had a very good season. But, hopefully, we will do it."
If the Foxes do not get promoted at the end of the season, they will struggle to keep Premier League clubs away from this young sensation.
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