Brighton & Hove Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier admits reaching the Premier League would be a dream come true for the entire squad, and also feels the club has the potential to establish itself in England’s top flight.
The Seagulls take on Leeds United at Elland Road this evening currently sitting second in the Sky Bet Championship table, and although Huenemeier didn’t join the club with promotion in mind, he’s now determined to reach the top tier.
He said, “When I came to Brighton, it wasn’t really my goal to get to the Premier League, because the season before they’d ended up close to the relegation zone.
“But after last season, you could see what the club is made of. It would be a big dream for every one of us to get to the Premier League.
“We’ve performed well over the last two years and if you look at Middlesbrough and Hull, they still have a chance of staying in the Premier League.
“They were on the same performance level as us last season, but we’re now even better than last year, with a bigger squad that’s performing better.
“Of course we’d have a chance. When you go up, you see your chance and we’d obviously want to stay up.”
Huenemeier made his long-awaited return to league action at the Amex last week, as Albion sealed a 3-0 victory over Derby County, and the German was delighted to feature after months of hard work following injury.
“It was absolutely brilliant. It was 15 months ago that I last played at home in a league match. We won the game and that was the most important thing. It was a perfect day in the end.
“Everyone copes with it differently [injury]. I’m mentally strong and knew that after my injury, it could be a long time until I was back in the frame.
“We’ve got such a big squad and in every position we’ve got four players who fight for that place. Everyone wants to play, but you have to train hard, work hard and wait for your chance.
“That’s what I’ve done all season and I’m happy things have worked out. I’ve played the last two games and they worked out really well.”
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Leeds striker Chris Wood leads the goalscoring stats in the Championship with 22 goals this season, and Huenemeier is well aware of the threat the former Albion man poses.
“He’s doing really well and scoring goals in nearly every game he plays. He’s really clinical in front of goal and doesn’t need many chances.
“He’s even better than last year, when he also scored a lot of goals, but this year they’re playing better football and pressing higher.
“We’re aware of that and Chris Wood, he’s always on the edge of the back four scoring goals, and we have to be ready for that.”