The 18-year-old midfielder was handed his first league start by Rams boss Phillip Cocu and he repaid his manager handsomely with an energetic, hungry and composed display in the middle of the park.
Knight had featured briefly in three Championship games prior to Saturday and only made his full Derby debut in the Carabao Cup last week (Transfermarkt) but already he is impressing enough for some Rams fans to tip him for a bright future in the XI.
Here is what some Derby fans said about the teenager during and after the game against the Baggies:
Honestly don’t see what dowell brings to our team. Would have Knight playing week in week out instead of him #dcfc— Gary Mason (@gmason1408) 24 August 2019
Only one of the three was a penalty, Mason Bennett should have scored, Dowell poor, Jason Knight very good. #dcfc— Ed (@ReachEd) 24 August 2019
Overall positive performance, plenty to build on. Lowe, Bielik, knight and Buchanan impressed. Great to see Marriott back from the start. Point probably fair against a superior side, I’ll take that. On to Brentford #dcfc #dcfcfans— Charlie P (@C_Parts) 24 August 2019
Lots of positives from today. Knight and Buchanan played very well. Keogh was a rock. Not the best decisions for either side but very promising with the youth in this side #dcfc— Dan Kidd (@k12ddo) 24 August 2019
Much better showing today but the second pen and Knight not finishing that cross from Buchanan make it feel like points dropped. The signs of what Cocu wants are there which is pleasing but Lawrence and Dowell really need to start effecting games. Knight the standout #dcfc— Daniel (@danndannuk) 24 August 2019
Also Duane Holmes in for Dowell next game. Credit to Knight and Buchanan both for brilliant debut performances. #dcfc— Tomski (@Tomski85) 24 August 2019
Knight and Buchanan can be very pleased with their performances. Rose to the occasion well. #dcfc— Josh (@j0shmrtn) 24 August 2019
Knight played very very well today, looked very assured #DCFC— Adrian Mannion (@ademannion) 24 August 2019
Derby opened the scoring through Martyn Waghorn's early penalty after being brought down by Kieran Gibbs, but the striker missed a second spot kick later in the first half, and when Max Lowe was controversially deemed to have fouled Matheus Pereira late on for a West Brom penalty, Kenneth Zohore sent Kelle Roos the wrong way for a point apiece.
Up next for the Rams is Tuesday night's Carabao Cup second-round trip to bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.
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