Beram Kayal late through the door
The 5th and final loan happened way after the 5 o’clock deadline tonight when Brighton’s experienced Israeli international Beram Kayal signed up for the season.
Kayal is thought off very fondly down on the south coast, and it was pleasing to see so many good wishes from Seagulls fans towards both the player and us.
The Israeli moved from Celtic to Brighton in 2015 and made 122 appearances, including 37 in the Premier League during the last two seasons. He brings ability and much needed experience, and he sounds every bit a Bowyer player.
Question is, was Beram’s good friend and Brighton colleague Tomer Hemed also cleared to sign before one of the befuddling deadline times set by the EPL and EFL tonight. Guess we will find out tomorrow, and one assumes it has to be a permanent move.
As exciting as Kayal is, we need another striker, especially an experienced one. Fantastic news of course that Lyle Taylor is staying, but it sounds as if it has been a fraught week for Taylor and we need his head and game where it has been since he arrived last summer. His personality and work rate has defined this team.
Four bids were turned down for Taylor in the last couple of days from Brentford, the last for £4m, the same amount incidentally we bid for Peterborough’s Ivan Toney. That unconfirmed by good sources though.
I feel Bow and Jacko have some work to do with Lyle. Yet they are all honest and grown up men, but let us not get away from the fact that we only found ourselves here because Duchatelet had been scrimping on a new contract offer for Taylor.
Steve Gallen has worked miracles this week, and with Bowyer, on very little sleep I suspect. I really want to see Hemed, but even without him based on expectations and history this has been a very positive window.
I’m sure there has been some heated moments and a fair few pointed fingers at Sparrows Lane this week, but as always there’s only one man to blame for how we got ourselves into this transfer deadline circus in the first place. Let us not forget that.