Brighton can replicate Leicester City story, says Anthony Knockaert

The former Foxes man believes that the Seagulls have what it takes to enjoy a similar trajectory.

Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Anthony Knockaert has told the Football League Paper that he has the same feeling with the club as he had in his time at Leicester, and claims that Chris Hughton's side can replicate the achievements of his former team.

The 24-year-old scored 16 goals in 106 games in just over two years at the Foxes and was a key part of the side which achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2013-14.

However, he fell out of favour at the KP Stadium in the top flight, making just 11 appearances in all competitions before leaving for Standard Liege last summer.

The Frenchman is now back in the Championship with Albion after joining from the Belgian side at the start of last month, and he was quick to point out the similarities between the coastal club and the current Premier League leaders.

He told the Football League Paper: "I had this [same] feeling with Leicester, a promotion. It’s unbelievable. All I can say to my team-mates is keep working hard. Every game has to be like a cup final. If you want to be promoted, that’s how it is.

"I’m impressed because there are very good players here. Every player in this team has real quality. Some deserve to be in the Premier League. The difference in having quality and going there is a big one, but I believe we have the quality to do it and to achieve.

"To get promoted is hard, but if you really want to you can do it, any team can do it – it’s just about working hard to achieve what you want to do. Every team is capable of doing the same [as Leicester]."

Knockaert's former side have enjoyed an incredible rise to prominence this season after finishing 14th in their first campaign back in the top-flight, and currently lead the Premier League table by two points.

Meanwhile, Brighton have emerged as serious promotion contenders in the Championship and are sitting just a single point off Middlesbrough in second.

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