Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross insists that his debut campaign in the Premier League will be complete if the Seagulls stay in the division for next season.
The highly influential German midfielder has contributed five goals and eight assists for the side during an eye-catching first season in England.
But ahead of today’s game with Huddersfield Town at the Amex, he stressed that the greater significance was the side securing their status in the Premier League for next season.
He said, “I’m very pleased with how it’s gone for my first season – it’s never easy to come to a different country but I’m trying to improve every day.
“One of my biggest strengths is to be able to assist goals for others in the team and create chances for them.
“I’ve got five goals myself which is good as well, but if we stay up in the league then it’ll be the most important thing for me.”
This afternoon’s game with David Wagner’s side sees 13th placed Albion come up against their opponents who currently occupy 16th position – Gross pointed to home advantage ahead of an important fixture.
“We want to win today and we know it’s massive. We know we didn’t play well in the reverse fixture back in December so we have some extra motivation there too.
“It’s a home game and we feel a different team at the Amex so if we can win it we’ll be happy – but we know that even after that we must keep going until the end of the campaign to make sure we survive – but it will be a big step in the right direction if we can get three points.”
Gross will come up against some familiar faces this afternoon on the south-coast, with two former teammates in opposition colours.
Both Florent Hadergjonajand and Colin Quaner plied their trade with the Albion midfielder at his former German club FC Inglostadt, and he revealed that the three were used to being within close proximity of one another ahead of the game.
“I’m familiar with them – it will be nice to see them. I lived with Colin (Quaner) and myself and Florent (Hadergjonaj) lived in the same street, so we were close at the time at Inglostadt.
“But today all three of us will be doing our best for our sides and then we can speak after the game – we are professional players and we’ll be focused on our jobs.
“We know that this afternoon can be massive for us – we’ll need the fans as always and hopefully we can get a good result.”