Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation this season after completing their own great escape.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has admitted to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 13th May, that Leicester City have given every team hope that they could repeat their heroics.
Leicester were battling relegation in the 2014/15 campaign, only to come back and win the Premier League this season.
The Foxes have pulled off the greatest shock in Premier League history, and Allardyce has refused to entirely rule out Sunderland having a similar fairytale next year.
"They have made everyone think about the unthinkable, by making it a reality," Allardyce said.
"The admiration I had for Leicester was just the way the team performs as a team. They are a team of players who play for each other very well."
Sunderland have achieved part one of the Leicester story, by completing their very own great escape this season.
The Black Cats have spent more time in the relegation zone than any other Premier League this term, but crucially they occupy 17th place now.
Sunderland are four points clear of both Newcastle United and Norwich City with just one game remaining.
Sunderland secured their survival by beating Everton 3-0 in their last outing during the week.
The Black Cats’ last fixture this season comes against Watford at Vicarage Road, where a party atmosphere is expected in the away end.