Tomer Hemed made his first start for Charlton Athletic last night since September.
The 32-year-old joined Charlton in the summer on-loan from Brighton & Hove Albion. His initial arrival had excited a lot of Addicks fans but he, like so many others at The Valley this season, has been subject to injury.
Hemed made only his eighth Championship appearances of the season last night, starting up-front on his own and playing 70-minutes before being replaced by Lyle Taylor as Charlton saw out a 0-0 draw at home to Fulham.
Here’s what he posted on his Instagram after the game:
It was always going to be a slog for Hemed, facing a Fulham side who like to hold possession in the opponent’s half, but he did relatively well. He put himself about and showed fans why Lee Bowyer wanted to bring him in for the season, and further progress in his return from injury – he’s now played in Charlton’s last four games in the Championship.
Hemed, who has 37 caps and 17 goals for Israel, spent last season on-loan at QPR. He’d fallen out-of-favour at Brighton where he’d been a prolific Championship striker, and found refuge in West London last season where he scored seven goals in 27 league appearances.
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Whilst his season with Charlton has been thwarted by injury, he’s also had to compete with the likes of Taylor and Macauley Bonne, who are both ahead of Hemed in the pecking order at Charlton.
He still has time to show fans that he’s capable of scoring at this level, and he could get even more game-time if Taylor departs this month.