Tomer Hemed is a proven goalscorer in the Championship, having netted before for Brighton & Hove Albion as well as Queens Park Rangers on loan. However, the Israel international now faces a situation that he can’t have been expecting after signing for Charlton Athletic this summer.
Hemed has found himself warming the bench recently, after striker Macauley Bonne has found himself breaking into the starting lineup for Lee Bowyer’s side.
Hemed, now 32, has bags of experience at the top level compared to Bonne, who is still fairly young at the age of 23. Hemed has watched his younger rival assist in leading the Charlton line after being dropped to the bench, and Hemed now has a fight on his hands.
Hemed isn’t a stranger to fighting for his place within a starting XI, and he won’t go down without a fight as he wrestles Bonne for that starting spot as the No.9 in the Charlton side that currently sits sixth in the EFL Championship playoffs.
And after hearing Bowyer’s positive praise for his young summer signing, who netted 23 goals for Leyton Orient in the National League last season, Hemed will start to realise that Bonne is dangerously close to overtaking him in Bowyer’s personal pecking order.
To make sure that he forces his way back into Bowyer’s plans, then Hemed will need to knuckle down on the training pitch as well as proving himself out on the pitch during gamedays.
On the plus side for Hemed and Charlton, as the 32-year-old’s legs get older, Bonne can play a part in relieving the striker’s workload and enable the forward to then come off the bench at vital moments in a game and make an impact late on by using his valuable experience.
Hemed can also pass his experience onto Bonne on the training field, with the pair being similar height and the same type of player. Bonne can have the same impact that Hemed has had for other clubs in the Championship, as both look to vie for a spot whilst Lyle Taylor recovers from injury.