Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for April.Knockaert provided invention and spark to a Brighton attack which scored 18 goals in six April games.
A livewire who loves to take on and beat defenders, he had four assists and four goals, which included a lovely curling finish against Fulham.
Knockaert said: “I feel very happy and it’s the first one as well for me, so it’s a privilege to win this trophy.
“It shows how hard I work for the team, but I couldn’t have done this without my teammates so I have to say thank you to them too because they helped me so much.
“It’s all about the team spirit, I have settled in very quickly here. Life is just incredible for me here and I love playing for Brighton.”
Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “Knockaert’s impact at Brighton has been sensational.
“The French winger has a habit of putting himself in the spotlight at the end of The Football League season and famously won, then missed the penalty against Watford in the Play-Off semi-final in 2013.
“He was a crucial part of Leicester City’s promotion the following year and were it not for the arrival of Player of the year Riyad Mahrez, so highly do I rate him that I’m sure he would have been starring in the Premier League this season.”
Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “It’s no surprise to me that Knockaert has had a huge role in Brighton’s success this season; he was equally as stunning in Leicester’s promotion-winning season of 2013/14.
“Already one of the most skillful and creative players in the league the thing that he added to his game in April was goals; four of them to be precise including his first two goal outing since January 2013.”
The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.