Clayton Donaldson explains how Birmingham's promotion push is similar to Leicester City's title bid

The Blues are currently eighth in the Championship following Saturday's defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson has claimed that the Blues' promotion push boasts some similarities to Leicester City's amazing bid to win the Premier League title, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Foxes' astonishing win over Manchester City saw them extend their lead at the top of the table to five points. Meanwhile, Gary Rowett's men currently sit eighth in the Championship. And while they lost to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, they remain well in the hunt to clinch a place in the top six. 

And Donaldson suggested that like Leicester, Birmingham are showing plenty of qualities that hint that they have the ability to achieve their ultimate goal, even if they are not able to open the chequebook as freely as others.

"As far as hard work and commitment goes, we're definitely up there," he told the Mail.

"Times have changed from where you spend loads of money and win championships and the league.

"Hard work and commitment has definitely come into it now.

"With Leicester, the togetherness and graft that all the boys are showing are no different to us at Birmingham."

Given that Birmingham's £1.5m purchase of Diego Fabbrini was their most expensive signing since 2011 (via Mail), and that they sold Demarai Gray to Leicester during the January transfer window, it is arguably a huge achievement that they find themselves three points off the top six.

And considering that when Rowett took over last season the Blues were second bottom, having suffered an 8-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth, that rise into the promotion picture is all the more impressive, and suggests that even if they don't go up this season, they are on the right path, even if they cannot splash the cash in the transfer market.

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