Date: 15th December 2015 at 10:25am
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Which as much as it’ll mean his place in the starting XI isn’t going to be as easy to secure (it should be like this anyway) it should keep players very much on their toes in the Brighton squad.

Chris Hughton, despite some injury problems at the moment, isn’t short of competition for most places in the squad with this competition something Tomer Hemed has hailed as this competition for places will act as a spur to drive people on to work even harder in training (and when they get a chance) to get into the side.

It is Hemed anyway with the Albion striker telling the Official Website, having came off the bench to grad a winner against Charlton the weekend before last, he’s using this to inspire him to improve his game.

‘It’s good for the team to have more quality players, we have some good options and know that a different striker can play in every game, so it gives us the desire to try harder and play better. We all need to stay in our best shape because we know our competition is tougher than ever, but it’s good having new players around the club.

‘For me being a striker, I know that I always need to play to the best of my best ability. In the beautiful game of football you never know when you’ll have the best game of your career. Every game that I start I believe that I will score.’

A good attitude to have, which I’m sure is shared by the vast majority of the Brighton squad.

This is a squad the Israeli international said if fully united with everyone at the Amex Stadium, from top to bottom, on the same page and looking for the same thing and so long as that remains the case (again, I’m sure it will) he added he feels Albion can stay at the top of the Championship all the way!

‘With the new signings here we have worked very well, it’s been the same since day one and we have kept that level up ever since. It’s not just us players, it’s all the staff too. If we all carry on doing our jobs, then we can stay top until the end.

‘Since the first game for Brighton I have felt comfortable in the squad and with the league too. Every week I learn more about the club and the league and I try to keep proving that to the fans, gaffer, and myself.’

Hemed also spoke about the pace and style of football being different in England compared to what he had been used to in Spain playing in La Liga, with the Championship the ‘polar opposite.’

The 28-year-old is happy with this as it can see Brighton ‘control the game’ and in doing so that ‘enables players to feed many chances to score,’ which he’s often taking!

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