10 facts on new Leicester City star Anthony Knockaert
DID YOU know the following about City's new star?
1 Anthony Knockaert was born on November 20, 1991, in Roubaix, a commune in the Nord department in northern France. That makes him 20.
2 Roubaix is located between the cities of Lille and Tourcoing, the finishing point of the Paris–Roubaix cycling classic, one of the most prestigious events in cycling.
3 Knockaert was unearthed by City head of development Steve Walsh while playing for Guingamp in the second tier of French football. Knockaert is such a mystery that a definitive number for his career goals is disputed across a wide range of sources.
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4 Guingamp has some renowned talent among its former ranks, such as Chelsea's Florent Malouda and former Blues' hero Didier Drogba.
5 They also have a track record for producing City wonder goal-scorers. Lilian Nalis, remembered for his stunning 30-yard volley against Leeds, played 30 games for Guingamp between 1997 and 1998.
6 On August 1, 2012, Knockaert moved to Leicester City on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee – rumoured to be in the vicinity of £2.5million.
7 Knockaert is only the seventh Frenchman to play for City following Franck Rolling, Dany N'Guessan, Bruno N'Gotty, Pegguy Arphexad, Lilian Nalis and Yann Kermorgant. Arphexhad is included on the list as he was born in Guadeloupe – a Caribbean island, it is also an overseas region of France.
8 Knockaert has represented his country at both Under-20 level, where he scored four times in 10 games, and once for the Under-21s, against Chile.
9 The 5ft 8in Knockaert has formed a somewhat comical double-act with 6ft 5in Hungarian giant Marco Futacs. According to assistant boss Craig Shakespeare, the pair resemble Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Twins.
10 The Frenchman has said his footballing idol is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to whom he dedicated his outrageous 'Scorpion' goal against Huddersfield.