Tomer Hemed believes Albion’s “forgotten” strikers can hit the target in the Premier League.

The Israeli international added to his 28 Championship goals for the Seagulls with the header which capped a 3-1 win over West Brom on Saturday.

His strike came less than a fortnight after it appeared he could be sold to a Championship outfit.

Albion drew a blank in terms of new forwards on deadline day and Hemed shrugged off a tight hamstring to lead the attack against the Baggies.

He revealed: “I was aware of what people were saying. It was looking like some people forgot about the strikers we have in the team.

“If you look at the last two seasons, we scored a lot of goals. I didn’t understand why people were so worried.”

Glenn Murray was on the bench and got on for the closing stages after an ankle injury.

Hemed, who scored 26 top-flight goals in Spain for Almeria and Mallorca, added: “I think the strikers we have in the club are good enough to lead the team and score goals.

“I am happy we won, I am happy I scored to help the team.”

Hemed decided he was going nowhere – even before the transfer window shut on Albion’s striker plans.

Reading were known to be one of at least two second-tier clubs interested in his services.

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Tomer Hemed scores against West Brom

But Hemed has told The Argus he took the decision to stay put, no matter how much competition for his place was brought in.

As it turned out, Albion did not add to the strikeforce which took them up last season.

Hemed said: “Everyone knows the situation, not just for me but for all of the club in the last few days of the transfer window.

“No one was really sure what was going to happen.

“But, on the last day, I already knew I would stay.

“I decided to stay and I knew I would compete for my place in the starting XI whoever came.

“In the end everyone knows what happened.

“None of the strikers we heard about came and I think the most important is to look at what we have, not at what we don’t have.

“But, even before I knew who would come, I decided I would not go so quickly. I was sure about what was going to happen.

“I knew it was going to be tough and good competition but I believe in myself and I will try and show the gaffer in every training and every game that I deserve to play.”

Hemed can understand Albion looking to add to their forward options.

He added: “The club needs the best squad possible. We want a good team and a big squad and it is normal we want big competition.

“In the end we know, at least until January, who will be here.

“The players who are here now are the best players for the club and we will do our job.”

Hemed was passed fit after pulling out of Israel’s game in Italy last Tuesday.

He said: “After the game last Saturday I felt my hamstring but I tried to be fit for Tuesday.

“I saw I was not 100% and we took the decision with the medical staff of the national team that I would not play because it was too dangerous for me."