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    Posted: 14 Nov 2020 at 8:36pm
He's a very young player who has done exceptionally well for Derby in the Championship and I will be surprised if bigger clubs do not come in for him in the not too distant future.
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Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Rooney and Given in temporary charge at Derby.

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Please don't lock up women Declan, there are some charities that can help if you're unsure.

On the Jason knight front, I think he'll be ok, the games I've seem him he's played very well and he seems to be getting better despite Derby getting worse.
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Rooney and Given in temporary charge at Derby.

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will have a new manager as cocu has finally been given the bullet. Hopefully the new manager likes knight and if it does it will be more interesting evaluating Knight as it was hard to get much of a read in him in Cocu’s Derby team as they were so so bad.
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he has pace which an awful lot of central midfielders don’t. He beats people in the centre of the park which is a skill you don’t see a huge amount of. It usually draws fouls 
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He's a good all rounder, decent tackler, passer and also drives forward with the ball. Has goals in his game as well. Probably more dynamic than Molumby (although I rate Molumby highly too). Knight seems to have a great attitude as well, I've seen quite a lot of him and I have to say I'm fairly excited by him. Given his age his potential is massive. 
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Originally posted by Liam Green Liam Green wrote:

Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Has anybody seen enough of Knight to say whether the above is accurate? I’ve only seen highlights and those seem to show a player with drive, guile, and energy. Haven’t seen much craft and skill. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but would be good to have a grip on the type of player we have on our hands
I’ve watched him in 6 or 7 full games playing in a variety of positions and I’d say he’s exactly as you describe him with drive guile and energy and he’s good at putting the ball in the net when he gets chances. He’s good on the ball and a very decent passer so I’d have great hope for him . Playing more centrally in midfield in the last few games and he certainly looks the part. 
Thank LG - I’d definitely have high hopes for him. Managers seem to love him
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Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Has anybody seen enough of Knight to say whether the above is accurate? I’ve only seen highlights and those seem to show a player with drive, guile, and energy. Haven’t seen much craft and skill. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but would be good to have a grip on the type of player we have on our hands
I’ve watched him in 6 or 7 full games playing in a variety of positions and I’d say he’s exactly as you describe him with drive guile and energy and he’s good at putting the ball in the net when he gets chances. He’s good on the ball and a very decent passer so I’d have great hope for him . Playing more centrally in midfield in the last few games and he certainly looks the part. 


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Has anybody seen enough of Knight to say whether the above is accurate? I’ve only seen highlights and those seem to show a player with drive, guile, and energy. Haven’t seen much craft and skill. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but would be good to have a grip on the type of player we have on our hands
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wrote up is in theathletic 
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they get his age wrong but otherwise decent write up 

There goes Jason Knight again, tearing around the field. The pumping of his arms getting more frantic the more intently he harries the opposition. In a season filled with more downs than ups, he has been one of the undoubted bright spots.

Making his debut against West Bromwich Albion on a sun-kissed Pride Park pitch in August last year feels like a lifetime ago. After that 1-1 draw, Phillip Cocu praised the then 18-year-old for “breathing football” but just asked that his energy be deployed more efficiently, a minor tweak to his game. His arrow has pointed upwards ever since.

One would forgive him if he dropped off the pace a touch after a packed schedule so far this season, which included a brief trip to Finland so he could make his senior international debut with Ireland. Such is his desire to play he got through 90 minutes of hard running against Watford on the Friday, having only returned from international duty the day before.

Within the Derby ranks, Knight had been compared with the likes of Craig Bryson, an all-energy midfielder. But a first-team coach, Justin Walker, had a more flattering take on his style of play.

“There’s 100 per cent a bit of Roy Keane in him,” he glowed. “I started at Forest as a young kid so I had the first-hand experience of Roy. I watched him develop at a similar age to Jason when he stepped into Forest’s team. It’s not a lazy comparison, there are some comps in there. But it comes down to self-drive and motivation.”

Cocu confessed the Irishman had just three hours of sleep before getting up to start preparing for the game against Watford. You wouldn’t have known it. Off the back of that in training he hit personal bests for running and top speed. No surprise, as with the under-23s he was often found at the front of the queue when it was time to do laps.

Starting his football career at four years old in Cabinteely, a suburb on the south side of Dublin with a population of just over 12,000, Knight followed in the footsteps of his siblings and turned out for the first-division side before making the short flight to the East Midlands in 2017.

“You knew he was a high-energy midfield player, box to box. Scored some goals,” academy director Darren Wassall tells The Athletic. “There wasn’t anything per se that he needed to improve on, we knew we had a gem in terms of energy and enthusiasm but he can play as well.”

“What you see over there is totally different to what you see in England. They haven’t got academies like us. But it’s a lot more physical. So you know straight away if you bring a lad over from Ireland you know they’re dedicated, tough, single-minded and ready to play for the cause.”

Those fighting qualities have been evident from day one and are part of what has seen him rise so quickly from the academy ranks to first-team regular in a little under three years.

“He was a real character in making sure the training ground was spiky,” Walker explains. “He plays on the edge. He’s an ultimate winner, whether it’s tiddlywinks or five-a-side. I know the cage, we used to throw the lads in the cage on a Tuesday afternoon and he’s ended up going through one of the boards trying to win the ball.”

Against Huddersfield, he tired after an hour but before that he was the driving force in leading the press from the front in an almost false nine role. On Friday against Nottingham Forest, he was at it again, albeit from a deeper position, replacing Max Bird in the heart of the park with Graeme Shinnie.

In fact, he bailed his Scottish midfield partner out of trouble in the first half when Shinnie was beaten by a quick flick after he tried to win a 50-50 ball. Knight covered not only his own zone but zoomed across to cover every blade of grass where Shinnie would have been to stop Forest making a quick break. Derby regained possession.

At the tail end of the 2019-20 season Bird deservedly collected the club’s Young Player of the Year award. The 20-year-old midfielder had only become a mainstay in the team since Boxing Day but his assured nature and midfield screen with Wayne Rooney become a vital part of the team. His metronomic style of play helping Derby tick along nicely as they mounted a late play-off surge.

Knight would be forgiven, though, if he felt hard done by. He’d come into the first team, scored six goals — including two against Charlton in January which secured Derby a 2-1 win in which they played for 70 minutes with 10 men — played in a variety of positions, often not his preferred ones, and excelled all the same.

In the academy, Knight was part of a central-midfield partnership which helped Derby Under-23s secure the Premier League 2 title with a 5-2 thumping of Arsenal in the final.

“He was probably our best player. In fact for long periods, for about six months of that season really,” Walker explains. “He could probably feel a bit unlucky that he didn’t progress to the under-23s sooner than he did. But that’s part of his journey.”

“He’s a model pro, really. He’s an example of every single member of our academy from the under-8s all the way up to the 23s,” Wassall continues. “Of course you’ve got to have talent but if you can perform on a consistent basis like he does, day in, day out in training and in matches, in terms of the level of work rate and commitment and energy and will to win and leadership, then you’ve got a real chance.”

His performances with Walker had got him noticed by Frank Lampard. Heading into the play-off semi-final with Leeds, the now Chelsea manager had decided to give Knight a taste of first-team experience by naming him on the bench. But his Irish midfielder wasn’t around at the time.

“All of a sudden he went home and Frank had told me he was going to involve him for the play-off game against Leeds,” Walker laughs. “So I had to ring Jason up to 1) make sure he wasn’t enjoying the Dublin nightlife too much and 2) that he was on a plane and ready to go to Leeds and join the first-team squad.”

“I didn’t necessarily have in-depth conversations with Frank, but Frank liked what he saw when Jason went to train with them,” explains Wassall. “I think every manager would like what they see with Jason Knight. He brings something to the table that lifts everybody. Even though he’s a young lad he’s not a shrinking violet. He’ll speak his mind, in a polite way, but he’s very single-minded. I think that’s what endears him to first-team environments and he knows he belongs.”

There are no worries as to whether he’ll make a senior squad any longer. Knight is firmly pencilled in on the team sheet. In fact, you could perhaps put it in ink such is his importance to the side

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When Derby play Bournemouth, they could switch him to centre half. So he could keep King in check.
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He's on course to be a massively important player for us in the coming years, especially given that he plays a position we are weak in. 

Knight and Molumby in the centre or midfield in a couple of years time with a natural 10 in front of them is an exciting prospect.
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Originally posted by Left foot Left foot wrote:

Had a good half for Derby. All energy display and likes to run with the ball. 

If he's good enough for Derby he's good enough for us. 
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Had a good half for Derby. All energy display and likes to run with the ball. 
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I’d say he be dreading the World Cup qualification draw, be hoping we don’t get the Czechs
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