Brighton’s Tomer Hemed scored the winner, and only goal, for the Seagulls this Sunday who secured a valuable six points against Newcastle that sees them just outside of the top 10.
After being pipped to the title last season by Newcastle, this result is all the more sweet more Brighton fans after both sides were promoted last year.
A recently released stat from the statisticians at Opta has revealed the extent to which Hemed contributes to Brighton’s success, framing him as the most influential player in the squad. I’m sure there will be some debate over this matter, but the fact that Tomer Hemed has had a hand in 20 goals in his last 23 league starts at the Amex Stadium for Brighton (15 goals, five assists), proves his influential contribution to the side is undeniable.
The 30-year-old former Mallorca striker has made 20 goal contributions in his last 23 league starts for Brighton at their home ground, with both of his goals and his single assist this season all having arrived whilst playing in front of the Brighton home crowd, with the striker having thrived at the Amex since his arrival in 2014.
This Sunday was no different, although Hemed may have mired himself in controversy after what appeared to some, to be an intentional stamp on the foot of Newcastle’s Yedlin. Hemed denies intent, saying in the Mirror that “It was by accident. Before I just told him that if he cannot jump for the ball why did he push me? You can try to take the ball but don’t push me. After that it was an accident. I didn’t try to do anything. If I hurt him then I’m sorry.”
The FA are expected to investigate the matter once referee Andre Marriner submits his match report, whilst Hemed himself denies any intention to stamp on Yedlin