Why Anthony Knockaert should top Sheffield Wednesday's summer shopping list

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The Brighton & Hove Albion winger was impressive as the Owls progressed to the Championship play-off final.

Now the second-leg of our play-off tie is over, I can say, without fear of ramification, that Brighton's Anthony Knockaert is quite good.

As a Sheffield Wednesday fan of 25 years I'm used to seeing our full-backs tormented by opposition wingers, but never before have I seen one do it with a strapped-up ankle more purple than Barney the Dinosaur slurping a Vimto lollipop.

Plenty of second-tier wide men are pacey, many have a trick or two - but few possess Knockaert's end product to go with it.

In 19 league games for Brighton, the Frenchman has delivered five goals and seven assists.

Only near-inexplicable physics prevented him from opening the scoring an early free-kick, and it was from his set-piece that Lewis Dunk was able to stab home the opener down at the Amex.

His cunning had coaxed Wednesday captain Glenn Loovens into the book with only nine minutes gone.

Looking back, we dropped a ball by failing to lodge a rival bid for Knockaert in January (who knows, maybe we did), or doing anything to prevent his free transfer move to Standard Liege six months earlier, after he was released by Leicester City (again, maybe we did).

He'd played well against us enough times to warrant a place on our radar - though perhaps we weren't good enough to warrant a place on his?

I should probably point out at this stage how proud I am of Wednesday's own players' efforts this season, having, among other things, delivered to me a near-lifetime's wait for a trip to Wembley.

From the top of the club down, this is truly the best Owls team I've seen. But had Knockaert been our player since the summer, we may be up already.

And of all the players Wednesday have faced this season, he's the one I'd most like us to sign. Should we win our final game of the season next weekend you'd like to think it's a possibility.

According to a report in the Sun last month, Watford are plotting a £5 million move for Knockaert should Brighton fail to go up.

We've seen to the last bit for them. But can we muscle in on the first?

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