Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Izzy Brown is looking forward to taking a trip down memory lane on Saturday, as he returns to the John Smith's Stadium to face Huddersfield Town.
Brown spent the latter half of the 2016/17 campaign on loan with the Terriers – scoring five goals and playing a key role in their promotion to the top flight via the play-offs, and highlighted that the contest is now a big one for the Seagulls given recent results.
He said, “That’s a big one for me from a personal perspective, and the team as well.
“The fans still think fondly of me, but my focus is here now – I had a good half of a season there and the promotion at Wembley was a great day for me and my family.
“We know it’s big because of our tough matches over ecent weeks, but we’ll be going there looking to win and get the three points. We’ve been in the top half for a while now which surpassed expectations and now we want to get back there as soon as we can.”
Albion's four game unbeaten run in the league at the Amex Stadium came to an end with a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, and the Chelsea loanee pointed to the speed and clinical nature of the visitors' play as being key to their victory.
“A team of their quality always takes their chances – they’re so quick and sharp and that was the difference between us and them on Saturday.
“We’ve done well in the first stages of the game, but we conceded from a set-play and then they were clinical.”
The midfielder’s start against Jurgen Klopp’s men was his third in the Premier League, having also featured against Manchester City and Arsenal respectively – he highlighted that facing such opposition was a great opportunity in a competitive squad.
“I’ve played against some of the best teams in the world and I’m grateful for that - I can’t have any complaints about not starting either, because all the boys have been great and have picked up good results as well.
“To start was great for me, because I’ve been working hard and I haven’t let my head drop. I thought my overall performance was good and I made some good crosses, but I’m upset at the result.
“It’s been a tough team to get into and hopefully now I’ve put some thoughts in the manager’s head before Saturday's game.”