Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson hails 'match-winner' Anthony Knockaert
Nigel Pearson has hailed his 'match-winning' Frenchman Anthony Knockaert.
The 21-year-old recovered from an ankle injury to spark Leicester City to victory over Wolves on Thursday.
Knockaert scored a fine individual goal in the 2-1 victory, and Pearson believes he is adding even more qualities to his game.
"He is a young man learning his trade," he said.
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"It is a big year for him to come over from France and embrace a new culture here. It is a big step up from the level he has been playing at.
"But he has some real quality and is a match-winner. He hadn't trained much during the week and it was touch and go whether he was going to be involved.
"For him to play as long as he did (against Wolves) was a positive for us.
"He did show some flashes of skill and he also worked very hard for the team.
"I have seen an improvement in terms of his ability to affect the game in both directions. I was pleased with his contribution.
"He is a very bubbly character and an interesting one to manage, but we're very pleased to have him on board."
After missing last week's FA Cup clash with Huddersfield through injury, Pearson admitted that playing Knockaert had been a risk.
"He had a heavy knock on his foot and we have had it scanned, and it was always a calculated risk," he said.
"It could have been something more serious so, for us, it was very pleasing to have him available."
City's win over Wolves was their fifth consecutive in the Championship, and cements second place in the table.
Pearson was delighted with his team's efforts, emphasising the club had more than just one player who could swing a game.
"Knockaert is a match-winner but we have a few of those," he said.
"Match-winners aren't always the ones who score the goals, attacking players, they can also be defensive players as well."