Nottingham Forest journalist Greg Mitchell has been sharing his thoughts on Anthony Knockaert and the possibility of the winger remaining at the Midlands club for next season after his current loan deal from Fulham expires.
This comes after Mitchell made an appearance on a recent episode of Forest-themed podcast Garibaldi Red where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Chris Hughton’s side.
On the subject of Knockaert and whether or not he thinks the club should look at signing the winger on another loan deal for next season, Mitchell had this to say on the matter.
He said: “He wouldn’t be my first loanee back at the club and, also, wages are going to be huge. He is a quality player; you’ve seen it so many times for other teams and a few times for us. Maybe it doesn’t help him that we’ve got some really decent midfielders now.
“[Alex] Mighten’s just coming on each game, [Filip] Krovinovic is there – he’s a skilful [player] – and maybe he’s getting frustrated he doesn’t see as much of the ball. But, of course, I’d have him back, but I’d be a bit worried if we were to buy him and spend all that money on him, with the other options out there and the players we’ve got out on loan at the minute which could come back to the club who we’re already paying for.
“He wouldn’t be on the top of my list but, of course, if he was in that squad next season, I’m certainly not going to moan about it because his quality does often shine through, just maybe not so much recently.”
As mentioned earlier, Forest signed Knockaert back in October on a loan deal from Fulham until the end of the current season.
TIF Thoughts on Greg Mitchell’s comments on Knockaert and his future at Forest…
So far this season, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £3.6 million, has made 30 appearances for Forest in the Championship so far this season in which he has managed to score two goals and provide two assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
Do you think Knockaert deserves another loan deal at Forest next season?
Looking at his recent form for Forest, Knockaert’s last goal involvement came back in February where he scored a goal during the club’s 3-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers, which shows just why Mitchell thinks he has not been in great form recently.
Moving forward, the club will have to come to a decision over whether or not Knockaert’s efforts on the pitch for the club this season and his wages would make him worthy of another loan deal at Forest next term. In our view, the club should not be considering another loan deal for the winger due to his sparse goal involvements so far in this campaign.