ANTHONY KNOCKAERT has been told to simplify his game in the Premier League to scale the heights he reached for Albion in the Championship.

The French winger dazzled opposition defences last season and was named the top player in the division.

Manager Chris Hughton said: “Sometimes that type of player has to simplify his game a little bit and look for those moments when he can do it.

“I think he will be aware of that and the quality. He is up against a better defender and some of the things he got away with he won’t now.

“His ability won’t change, it’s just the level of opposition stopping him producing. He is still young and developing as a player.

“I would be confident he will have an impact on the team like he did last season.”

Knockaert and centre-forward Glenn Murray scored more than half of Albion’s 74 Championship goals between them, but the Premier League preparations of the influential pair have been disrupted.

Knockaert suffered ankle ligament damage ten minutes into the opening friendly against Fortuna Dussledorf in Austria last month.

He did not return to action until a late appearance as a substitute against Atletico Madrid at the Amex last Sunday.

Murray was suspended for Atletico’s visit after a red card against Girona in Spain five days earlier.

Murray and Knockaert were given run-outs in an under-23s friendly against Bournemouth on Tuesday to increase their game time ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Manchester City.

Hughton told The Argus: “Both are in good shape. Glenn would naturally be ahead of Anthony, because he’s had more games in pre-season.

“Anthony is a different type of athlete and I have no fears about him being available for Saturday, even though his time has been limited. That’s a decision I will have to make.”