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ROSENIOR TIPS TOMER FOR THE TOP

14 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tomer Hemed celebrates scoring against Newcastle United.

Former West Ham United striker Leroy Rosenior says Tomer Hemed has already shown he is capable of establishing himself in the Premier League and be a main goal threat for Brighton & Hove Albion this season.

Rosenior, dad of Albion full-back Liam, has been impressed by the Israeli's recent eye-catching form, and also backed him to learn from an enforced three-game absence due to suspension, following an alleged stamp in the match against Newcastle.

In an exclusive interview for BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com at the Premier League Live Event in Bengaluru, Rosenior said, "Sometimes you get pleasant surprises, you give someone an opportunity and they grasp it - and for me that is what Brighton are about.

"Hemed is establishing himself in the Premier League and it is great how he's seized his opportunity. As soon as he got the goal against West Brom - which was a really good diving header at the near post, a proper striker's goal - all of a sudden you could see the belief flowing into him.

"One of the things about playing at the higher level is knowing you can do it. Going into it for the first time there is always a doubt in your mind, but as soon as you play a couple of games - and as a striker, get your first goal - it is a game of football again.

"After that goal against West Brom you could see his chest lift, he grew about an inch and it was such a shame that he suffered the suspension. When I played, you would have got away with that, but in the Premier League you won't get away with that and that is something he will learn from."

Rosenior says it is important for the club to maintain the togetherness which has been integral in the success and promotion to the Premier League, and that the club can thrive from a culture of developing talent at the top level, under the expert tutorage of his old West Ham United teammate Chris Hughton.

He added, "You can't change the culture of the club overnight, you can't buy a striker for £30m or £40m - you see that at other clubs and then they don't settle in the Premier League and disappear.

"Di Maria came to Manchester United for £69m and it just didn't happen for him, so when you get a pleasant surprise seeing someone prove themselves at the top, it is fantastic.

"With Tomer, he is somebody who knows the club, he isn't coming in with the pressure of a big price tag, and he's got everyone at the club willing him on to do well. That is a real plus from a Brighton point of view.

"I was talking up Lewis Dunk the other day, asking why Liverpool have not looked at him as a defensive option - not that I want to see him leave Brighton - but he could go into a top six side and he would improve them.

"It's the same with Chris. Give him an opportunity to manage in the top six and he'd do it as well as anybody, but he's been labelled as a Championship-cum-Premier-League manager."

Rosenior was speaking at Premier League Live in Bengaluru; he is a leading pundit for the Premier League Productions who are responsible for coverage around the world on shows such as Premier League World and Premier League Live.


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