While Queens Park Rangers were able to marginally increase the gap between themselves and 22nd-placed Rotherham last weekend, Championship safety is still far from being a guarantee for the west London club.
In fact, it was not too long ago manager Steve McClaren warned his players that they were in a relegation battle.
“We’ve said to the players that we’re looking over our shoulder and need to pick up points,” the QPR boss was quoted as saying by Evening Express following a recent loss to Paul Warne’s side. “We can see the 50-point mark and we need to get three wins very quick.”
With that being said, QPR have enough about them and the right circumstances in play to see things through with their striker Tomer Hemed having the ability to make a big contribution.
The 31-year-old scored the equaliser in QPR’s 2-2 draw with Hull City last time out, and is undoubtedly a player McClaren is likely to turn to during this part of the season now that he is fully fit.
“They’re a nightmare to play against. I’m glad to have them in our squad,” were the words of the QPR manager following the acquisitions of Hemed and his team-mate Nahki Wells last summer (QPR’s official club website). “They’re two very good strikers with great pedigree and experience.”
As he showed at Brighton and during his time in La Liga with Almeria, Hemed can be absolutely lethal in the air, providing the sort of nightmare presence McClaren has spoken about.
Off the bench, the Israel international is a great option to have, an option that allows his team to be more direct in the dying minutes of a game where they need an equaliser or winner thanks to his aerial prowess.
Simply put, Hemed is the sort of striker you want on the pitch when you are forced to launch balls into the box.
The Brighton loanee could prove to be a useful weapon for McClaren and QPR as they look to avoid the drop and finish the campaign strongly.
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