By Amir Mir
Chris Hughton believes if Leeds went back to the Premier League then they would get “big crowds”.
The Yorkshire club have not tasted top flight football for 13 years but under the guidance of manager Garry Monk, they have a great chance of ending that barren run.
Former Swansea boss Monk has helped the club produce promotion form throughout the Championship campaign.
As a result, they are sitting in the top six with nine games of the season remaining, knowing a positive end to the campaign could see them secure a play-off spot.
Brighton manager Hughton will travel to Elland Road on Saturday to try and halt that run but he was full of praise for the opposition ahead of the fixture.
“They have always been regarded as a team that if they were back in the Premier League they would get the big crowds,” said Hughton, as posted by a Leeds fans on Twitter.
“They get big crowds anyway but certainly they are a club that’s of a massive fan base. They can get the type of crowds that the Premier League needs. At this moment, they have a team capable of competing and trying to get there.”
Former Birmingham manager Hughton has helped the Seagulls into an automatic place where they are level on points with leaders Newcastle.
They are nine points ahead of Monk’s side in the table and six points ahead of third-placed Huddersfield, who are breathing down their neck, having played a game less than their rivals.
The last time Brighton and Leeds met, it was Hughton’s side picking up all three points in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium in December.
Now, Monk will be hoping his side can gain some revenge and maintain their hopes of finishing in the top six at the end of the season.