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Football League World’s Charlton Athletic fan pundit Kieran Keogh has provided his opinion on the return of Beram Kayal from injury, whilst also stating his thoughts on the overall move which saw the Israeli midfielder join from Brighton on loan.
Kayal, of course, has been used sparingly by Addicks manager Lee Bowyer, with the 31-year-old former Celtic man having been largely sidelined through injury so far this season, however, it was confirmed by Bowyer in a recent report that Kayal is in contention to return to action this weekend against Derby County.
With the on-loan Brighton midfielder having only played 12 minutes of football for the Addicks this season, we asked Keogh if he saw the Israeli’s return to fitness as a positive for the Addicks, to which he replied:
“Yes, it brings more depth into the midfield which is always good.
“I feel that he has a point to prove here at Charlton after playing a pretty dismal 12 minutes for The Addicks before getting injured once again.
“I think he has the fire in him and he is ready to show everyone how good he really is.”
We then asked Keogh where he could see the midfielder fitting in the side, he responded by saying:
“I feel he would be the one that most of the attacks stem from, looking at his past performances, he seems to be the player that looks to beat his man and then send a long ball over using his outstanding vision.
“I think he will slot into one side of the diamond when he is needed, but with Josh Cullen and Conor Gallagher playing the way they are Kayal is going to need to do something special to get them out of the team.”
Keogh was also asked what his reaction was when Charlton first signed Kayal, he said:
“I was excited, I knew him primarily from his time at Celtic and I always thought he was a decent player.
“He always works hard and knows how to attack so it was a very exciting time to see a player of his calibre at the club.”
Before lastly, Keogh gave his thoughts on whether Kayal would prove to be a success at the club or not, to which he replied:
“I know he hasn’t got long here and he also has two mountains to climb in the form of Cullen and Gallagher, but I’m sure he will get his chance.”
Only time will tell if Kayal will become a transfer masterstroke or mishap for the Addicks, one thing’s for sure though, the experienced midfielder will just be glad first and foremost to be back out on the grass, should he make an appearance this weekend.