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I Fulham forward Anthony Knockaert staying at Forest

last updated Thursday 06th May 2021, 11:42 AM

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Nottingham Forest have a decisions to make involves the future of forward Anthony Knockaert

The 29-year-old has divided opinion like no other player since he arrived on loan from Fulham back in September.

Knockaert is a proven Championship performer and checked in having helped the Cottagers win the play-offs last season.

He joined Cyrus Christie in signing from Craven Cottage and immediately set about trying to rediscover his best form.

Knockaert is a performer who is trusted by Chris Hughton. During the 2016/17 campaign, the pair helped Brighton into the Premier League.

The tricky winger scored 15 goals and claimed nine assists, coming up trumps when it truly mattered for the Seagulls.

This season he has struggled for consistency. At Forest, he’s scored three goals and claimed three assists from his 34 appearances.

It’s fair to suggest it’s a return that even Knockaert himself won’t be happy with, but it hasn’t been from a lack of trying.

Some critique from supporters has claimed he doesn’t care enough and that he rarely puts in a shift.

That is completely wrong and a large part of Knockaert’s inconsistency stems from him trying to do too much on his own.

He often leaves his position in order to get on the ball and that can make him far easier to defend against.

Knockaert shouldn’t be without criticism though. He has proved wasteful at times in possession and often makes bad choices with the ball.

There is of course the ugly side to his game which often sees him run the risk of being sent off.

He is easily riled by the opposition and often puts himself in danger of letting his teammates down.

This is the predicament for Forest and for Chris Hughton this summer.

There are good, bad and ugly elements for the Reds to consider and it looks like a big call.

As per Who Scored, Knockaert has made 41 successful dribbles during the campaign, with Sammy Ameobi only completing more.

He’s also completed 39 key passes, second only to right-back Christie who has 41.

Clearly he can play but consistency has proved a big problem during his time on Trentside.

His six-goal contributions don’t make great reading, whilst his £35,000-a-week wage demands would need to be negotiated.

Forest haven’t tasted Premier League football for over 20 years and the Reds won’t be about to hand such sums of money out in wages this summer.

Knockaert is a player trusted by Hughton but he has to make the best call for the football club during the close season.

Forest have seen every aspect of the Frenchman and now it’s decision time for the club.

Source Lee Clarke at nottingham forest news
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