This piece is part of a new feature, where here at Nottingham Forest News we will reflect and mark the performances of our squad from the Championship campaign that recently concluded.

Progressing further up the pitch we take a look at how Anthony Knockaert performed during 2020/21.

The Frenchman checked in as Chris Hughton’s first signing for the club.

He penned a loan deal from Fulham, initially until January but ended up staying the entire campaign on Trentside.

Knockaert is a proven Championship performer having spent time with Leicester and Brighton prior to signing for the Cottagers.

He showcased some good aspects of his game but also some inconsistencies and here we take a look.

What did the Forest loan man do well?

Very few players divided opinion quite like Knockaert among the fan base.

Depending on who you ask, you will get different opinions on his efforts in a Forest shirt.

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Knockaert played 35 times for Forest; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images

It’s hard to deny his work rate and even when the chips were down, Knockaert still gave his all in the Garibaldi.

Who Scored has some statistics that perhaps highlight what he did well.

He made 43 key passes during the campaign – more than any other Forest player across the whole season.

Knockaert also made 46 successful dribbles during 2020/21, highlighting a willingness to take opponents on.

Where can Knockaert improve?

Petulance is often Knockaert’s middle name and it’s something that has riddled his career.

 

When Forest went to Rotherham away he was shown on Sky Sports throwing his arm in the face of a Millers player.

On that occasion he got away with it but his five yellow cards during the campaign highlight a petulant streak.

He was also sent off during a game against Brentford, with his second yellow coming for a stupid dive.

Decision making is another aspect which occasionally leaves a lot to be desired.

Although his left-foot delivery can cause havoc, his radar was sometimes found wanting.

Summary

Knockaert was nowhere near as bad as some supporters made out during 2020/21.

Three goals and three assists does tell a story though and from 35 games it’s fair to say more was expected.

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Knockaert in action for Forest; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images

Knockaert has now returned to Fulham and surely Forest will look elsewhere this summer.

If the price was right, Hughton would probably have him back but on £35,000-a-week that probably looks unlikely.

Forest have to get their transfer business spot on this season and their cloth will need cutting accordingly.

That probably rules out another relatively expensive deal for Knockaert.

Season rating: 7

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