This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer is still waiting to hear from the FA, if his deadline-day transfer of free-agent Tomer Hemed is allowed to go through, as reported in the Evening Standard, after the Addicks claim they submitted the necessary paperwork just before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.
The FA are currently looking into the transfer and expect to give a verdict soon, for the forward who spent last season on-loan at QPR and is now a free-agent after completing his contract at Brighton & Hove Albion.
So will Hemed be a good signing for Charlton, if the transfer goes through?
“This’d be cracking for the Addicks.
“Hemed has all the qualities to be a solid striker in the Championship, he’s strong, good at holding the ball up and has a real eye for goal, so to get him on a free, it’d be great business by Charlton.
“The Israeli striker had a fairly fruitful spell at QPR last season on loan, scoring seven goals, and with him being at the age of 32, he can offer some real experience to some of the Addicks’ younger strikers in Macualey Bonne and Chuks Aneke.
“Charlton already signed Kayal from Brighton on loan, so Hemed would definitely find it easier to settle in with a former teammate at The Valley.”
“Yes, I think Hemed could be a good addition to Bowyer’s squad.
“Hemed scored seven goals in 27 Championship appearances last season, which shows the 32-year-old is still a handy forward.
“Charlton have three exciting striking options at their disposal, but they have a total of three Championship appearances between them so adding some experience looks a good move.
“The Israeli forward is exactly that with more than 100 games and 30-plus goals under his belt in the Championship.
“He has experience at both ends of the league, having helped QPR escape relegation last season and aided Brighton reach promotion in 2016/17, so he should be a useful person to have in the dressing room.”
“If Charlton can get a deal over the line for Hemed, it could prove to be a shrewd signing by Lee Bowyer given the forward’s previous escapades in the Championship for Brighton & Hove Albion.
“A key player in the Seagulls’ promotion-winning 2016/17 campaign, the forward fired in 11 goals whilst also providing four assists for his team-mates as he proved to be a real threat in the second tier.
“Whereas Hemed has failed to reproduce this kind of form in the Premier League for Brighton, he did enjoy a relatively successful loan spell with Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last season which resulted in him finding the back of the net on seven occasions.
“If the forward can use his previous experiences at this level to his advantage for Charlton, there is no reason why Bowyer’s side cannot achieve a successful campaign with him in their starting eleven.”