Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson: I'll protect my new starlet Anthony Knockaert
Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has vowed to protect young startlet Anthony Knockaert.
The experienced manager knows the weight of expectation will fall on the Frenchman after his eye-catching, match-winning performance at Huddersfield.
The 20-year-old winger scored two sensational goals of such individual brilliance in the 2-0 victory that had everyone within the John Smith's Stadium talking about him after Tuesday night's game.
But while Pearson acknowledged he is a genuine talent, he hopes too much pressure will not be placed on the young shoulders of Knockaert, who is still learning about English football.
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"He is a talent , but it is important that people don't put too high an expectation on him," said Pearson, who saw his side climb into second in the table on Tuesday night after their fourth consecutive victory.
"He is a talented player but we don't want to go overboard and build him up so he can be knocked down.
"He is part of a squad and the same rules apply to him as everyone else. They all must have sound values. He is a really nice lad as well.
"He has shown he has a bit of an edge to him and we have to help him control that.
"The first goal was a fantastic strike and he utilised the conditions. The second was a great piece of improvisation, but you need the ability to do that.
"He is a potential match-winner for us. He is a young player and still learning. He is working hard. I am very pleased with how he has settled in."
Pearson gave the credit for unearthing the talented French under-21 international to his assistant manager and head of recruitment Steve Walsh, who spotted Knockaert playing for French second division side Guingamp.
"Steve Walsh has done a lot of work over the years and he takes the credit for finding players like Anthony, and a number of other players," he said.
"It isn't a case of throwing out your net and seeing what you drag in. We take a lot of care in how we recruit our players bearing in mind, not just the technical aspect, as we want the right people as well.
"It might be perceived as a gamble by a lot of people but you do your homework and take some of the risk out.
"The money we have spent in comparison to others shows we get value for money.
"We also get players who want to be at the club and also they have a value moving forward."