Derby County coach Justin Walker has revealed that midfielder Jason Knight reminds him of former Manchester United legend Roy Keane.
The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the brightest talents in the Championship after impressing for the Rams in the past 12 months and he is now a regular for Phillip Cocu.
And, speaking to The Athletic, Walker, who came through the ranks at Nottingham Forest during his playing days, revealed how Knight reminds him of a certain Irishman who he played alongside in the 90s.
“There’s 100 per cent a bit of Roy Keane in him. 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.”
Knight’s rise to prominence saw him win his first cap for the Republic of Ireland last month and he will hope to feature for the national team again in the November break.
This is a very bold claim from Walker as even though he stresses there is work for Knight to do, it’s still putting him in the same sentence as someone who was one of the best in the world for a period.
So, on one hand, it’s putting pressure on the teenager but it also shows just how highly he rates Knight and he does see him every day in training.
Now, it’s about letting Knight develop at his own rate and there’s no denying he can go on to have a great career if he does fulfil his potential.
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