Marc Albrighton joined Leicester City on this day in 2014 after breaking into the Aston Villa first team from their youth academy.

From playing an instrumental part in the 2014/15 great escape to playing in every league game as the club were crowned Premier League champions.

Take a look back at the top five moments from the Tamworth-born's career with the Foxes...

5. Opening day delight

After only appearing 18 times under Nigel Pearson in his debut season at the club, Albrighton was handed a starting place against Sunderland in August 2015.

With the game in the Foxes hands, the winger's cool finish topped off a great afternoon for Claudio Ranieri's men.

However, the goal was bitter-sweet for the winger. His wife's mother was killed in the Tunisian terror attack in June 2015 and the summer build-up was a difficult one.

Speaking to, Albrighton said: "We'd had a tough summer and I remember thinking this year we need to really do something special." 

Ten months later and he was a Premier League champion.

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4. Great escape and return

After arriving at the King Power Stadium on a free after his contract expired at Villa Park, Albrighton was faced with competition in the winger position from the likes of Anthony Knockaert and Riyad Mahrez.

Pearson opted to leave him out of the 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening day before introducing him with 20 minutes to go in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.

His first start of the season came in October in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United before missing the next four.

A further 55 minutes of football across the defeats to QPR, Liverpool and Aston Villa didn't aid his desire to start.

However, in April, Pearson changed to a wing-back set-up with Albrighton patrolling the right wing-back position. Coming on at half-time in the 2-1 win over West Ham, Albrighton went onto start the remaining eight games of the season to help the club stay up.

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3. Title winning crosses

Albrighton began the season with a goal and two assists in a season that would be his personal best.

With the flair, technique and quality coming in the form of Riyad Mahez, the contribution from Albrighton should not be spoken about quietly. 

His sensational cross-field pass to Mahrez for the Algerian's goal against Chelsea was just one of many crosses the winger produced. In the 3-2 Halloween victory over West Brom, Albrighton produced two similar balls for Mahrez to tuck away at the Hawthorns.

In February, his driven cross was nipped in by Leonardo Ulloa to cause an earthquake inside the stadium and earn a massive three points against Norwich City.

As the seasons have gone on, the former-Villa man has continued to produced assists for his teammates. More recently, his inch-perfect cross for Ricardo Pereira to head the winner against Birmingham City.

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2. Foxes first Champions League goal

Following the famous title win in 2016, the Foxes were handed a Champions League group of FC Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen.

In the opening encounter, Albrighton got the club off to the best possible start when he opened the scoring in Belgium to score the first-ever goal in the competition for the club.

Albrighton said of the goal: "There was probably people writing us off before the game, so to go there and get off to such a good start was fantastic, but I just think the whole occasion of the game, there's the music before, to experience that was incredible, and then for me to get the goal.

"It was just joy. I think you can see from the photos of the celebration, [I'm] just overjoyed with scoring a goal."

Albrighton featured in all 10 of the club's European adventure as they were knocked out by Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.

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1. A special night at the King Power

Leicester progressed to the knockout rounds after topping their group with only one defeat.

They were handed a tought test against Sevilla in the next round and suffered a 2-1 defeat in Spain in the first leg.

After Wes Morgan headed the club level on aggregate, Albrighton put the Foxes ahead with a neat finish in the second-half.

Kasper Schmeichel saved a Steven N'zonzi penalty towards the end as the club reached the quarter-finals of the competition. The result remains one of the best nights in the club's history.

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