Goalscorer Hemed de­ter­mined to show he can cut it in the Premier

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

FOOT­BALL TOMER Hemed in­sists he can be a Premier League hit af­ter reg­is­ter­ing his first goal of the sea­son for Brighton.

The Is­raeli striker net­ted a su­perb near-post div­ing header 18 min­utes into the sec­ond half in the 3-1 tri­umph over West Bromwich Al­bion.

He played a ma­jor role in Brighton’s first Premier League win of the sea­son, set­ting up Pas­cal Gross for the team’s sec­ond goal 15 min­utes ear­lier.

It had looked as if Hemed, 30, would leave the Seag­ulls in Au­gust af­ter Read­ing re­port­edly of­fered £9.5 mil­lion. But Brighton de­cided keep Hemed af­ter fail­ing to sign the strik­ers the club were pur­su­ing.

Hemed said: “The me­dia ex­ag­ger­ated the like­li­hood that I was leav­ing. The club wanted to keep me and it’s very flat­ter­ing the club are pre­pared to in­vest so much in me. I’m happy that I’ve started prov­ing my­self.

“We waited a long time to score and to win but the vic­tory changes ev­ery­thing.”

Hemed be­came the first Is­raeli to score in the Premier League since Itay Shechter reg­is­tered for Swansea in May 2013.

Re­ports in Is­rael claim Hemed is set to sign a new con­tract at Brighton. He is out of con­tract next sum­mer and with Cham­pi­onship clubs pre­pared to of­fer big sums to buy him, Brighton are un­likely to al­low him to leave as a free agent.

Hemed missed Is­rael’s re­cent World Cup de­feat in Italy through in­jury and was only brought on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute in the 1-0 home de­feat to Mace­do­nia. But hav­ing been sus­pended ear­lier this year for pub­licly com­plain­ing that Is­rael man­ager Elisha Levy had con­sis­tently overlooked him, he chooses his words care­fully.

“I’m not in a po­si­tion to crit­i­cise. I want to give ev­ery­thing to the na­tional team and some­times I get the chance and some­times I don’t.”

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Tomer Hemed beats Jonny Evans to head home

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