Forget the Eu­ros… Kayal’s dream­ing of the bright lights of the Premier

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL BERAM Kayal in­sists he is in the form of his life and dream­ing about guid­ing Brighton & Hove Al­bion into the Premier League.

The mid­fielder says he has over­come the heart­break of Is­rael miss­ing out on the Euro 2016 fi­nals and is fo­cused on help­ing the Cham­pi­onship joint-lead­ers into the top-flight.

It is a dream that could very likely come true for the 27-year-old from the Western Galilee who j oined Brighton in Jan­uary af­ter five years with Celtic.

Kayal spent his first few months help­ing the club avoid rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son. But this term has been a very dif­fer­ent story. With more than a third of the sea­son com­pleted, Brighton are perched along­side Hull City in the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spots and are the only un­beaten side in the di­vi­sion.

“I’m not surpr i s e d we a r e c h a l l e n g i n g , ” Kayal said. “This is a team that was nearly pro­moted two years ago. We had a lot of in­juries last sea­son which hurt us

Beram Kayal and we’ve brought in the right re­in­force­ments in the sum­mer, in­clud­ing my for­mer Mac­cabi Haifa team-mate Tomer Hemed. He tells me the Cham­pi­onship is in many ways tougher than La Liga.”

Hemed, 28, Brighton’s top-scorer with five goals, joined from Alme­ria af­ter five years in Spain. He has struck up a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship with Kayal.

Kayal is con­fi­dent that pro­mo­tion can be achieved af­ter the club set a new record of 17 games with­out de­feat. He said: “We have a man­ager in Chris Hughton who has done it be­fore in the Cham­pi­onship, but of course there is still a long way to go.”

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

North Lon­don Raiders mid­fielder Alex Kaye helped the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons climb above joint-lead­ers MGBSFL Cam­den Park with a 2-0 win. Red­bridge re­main a point clear af­ter beat­ing Oak­wood

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

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