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KAYAL ENJOYS THE BIG STAGE

27 August 2016

The midfielder cannot wait to take on the Magpies.


Beram Kayal is eagerly anticipating the prospect of playing against Newcastle this afternoon and says that every player aspires to compete on a stage like St James’ Park.
 
The Israeli international has played in front of 60,000 fans at Parkhead for Celtic, and believes this weekend’s game will rank alongside that in terms of atmosphere.
 
He said, “Every player when they were children, dreams of playing on this big stage in front of 50 or 60,000 fans in the biggest stadia in the world.
 
“I’m happy to have achieved that in my career. For me and all the players, to play at Newcastle in an evening 5.30 kick-off is going to be a great game, and there will be a great atmosphere.
 
“It will be my first game there. Every game in this league is massive and there are no easy games for us.
 
“Newcastle is a massive club coming down from the Premier League who will want to get back there as soon as possible, but we have our own target to win games and take this club to the top.
 
“It’s one of the biggest games for us from the beginning of the season until now. We need to be focused and we come into the game full of confidence.
 
“We respect Newcastle and we know they have a manager with a lot of experience, but we have a job to do there.”

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The 28-year-old has welcomed an increased competition for places in Albion’s midfield following the arrivals of Oliver Norwood from Reading and Steve Sidwell on a permanent deal this summer.

“I played with Siddy last season in the play-offs [against Sheffield Wednesday]; he is a great lad and very experienced.
 
“I’ve not played with Ollie for long, but he has great experience, is a great player, and we are all doing the maximum for the team.
 
“It’s nice to have players with a lot of experience and a lot of quality, and they will do well for the team.”
 
Kayal is now targeting more goals this campaign after finding the net twice in 2015/16, and feels there is still room for him to develop as a player.
 
“Last year I showed a lot of my attacking qualities and had a lot of assists. Everyone knows my style of football is to drive the game forward, but I didn’t have too many opportunities to score.
 
“If we went to the Premier League without my goals last season, then I would have been a happy man. There’s a lot of things I need to improve in my game, every day I learn from the staff here to get more experience and I want to bring more goals.
 
“I’m not really thinking about myself, I’m just thinking about the team. If the teams wins, then it’s the same feeling as if I’ve scored a hat-trick!”

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