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Anthony Knockaert: the Frenchman Newcastle United missed


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Anthony Knockaert and Bakary Sako scored exquisite goals when Leicester City took on and beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 31st.

French players in English football are becoming somewhat of a driving force, with Newcastle United bolstering a gigantic nine Frenchman in their squad.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson signed Knockaert from Guingamp for just shy of £800,000 on August 1st, 2012.

He has played 32 games for Leicester City this season and has scored eight goals from the wings.

A versatile player by nature, knockaert can play on either wing or in a supporting striker role.

Knockaert has also proved his worth as an out an out attacking and defensive midfielder who isn’t afraid to put the tackle in, winning the ball on most occasions.

The France national under-21 player has so far wowed attendances in the Football league, most prominently the Huddersfield Town supporters.

Knockaert scored a brace in both games, but his real talent emerged with Leicester’s away trip to Huddersfield Town when he scored two magnificent goals.

As if a 35 yard strike wasn’t enough, Knockaert managed to score an extraordinary flick from just outside the six yard box.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will be kicking himself for not signing Knockaert when he had the chance in the 2012 January transfer window.

Instead, Knockaert made the switch to Leicester City and has so far proved his worth by scoring goals and more importantly, creating goals.

Newcastle United may have signed Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Mathieu Debuchy this season, but they missed out on Knockaert.

Knockaert’s dream of playing at the highest level of football may very well come true, as Leicester City push for promotion to the Premier League for the first time since the 2003 – 04 season.

Regardless of where Leicester City finish in the Football League Championship, Knockaert has put together a fine repertoire of displays warranting the potential to play in the Premier League.

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