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Brighton & Hove Albion: Graham Potter says that Alireza Jahanbaksh has been “unlucky” not to feature more regularly

Brighton & Hove Albion: Graham Potter says that Alireza Jahanbaksh has been “unlucky” not to feature more regularly - Brighton News

Brighton manager Graham Potter has said that Alireza Jahanbakhsh deserves to start for the Seagulls and has been unfortunate not to get more game-time.

The Iranian forward has featured just 10 times in all competitions this season and was again left out of the 20-man matchday squad for last night’s clash against Manchester United, with recent transfer speculation linking him with Eredivisie duo Ajax (De Telegraaf) and PSV Eindhoven (Voetbal International).

However, despite rarely calling upon him for the Seagulls, Potter remains a big fan of the 26-year-old. As per West Sussex County Times, he said: “Maybe with the make-up of it he’s just been a bit unlucky. He has been top in terms of how he has worked, his professionalism, his support for the team, how he’s conducted himself has been incredible.

“It’s so hard when you have to make those decisions to leave players out, especially like Ali. He deserves to be in the starting eleven and the squad, he deserves that with his attributes, with his work. It’s just the joys of the head coach. He has to make the decision and at the moment he’s been unlucky.”

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In one sense, Potter is right to say that Jahanbakhsh has probably been unfortunate to play more often for Brighton. He may have scored only twice all season but that must be viewed in the context of the meagre 404 minutes of game-time that he has had, giving him an average of one goal every 202 minutes.
Compare that with fellow Seagulls attackers Neal Maupay (nine in 2,396 minutes/one per 266.22 minutes), Leandro Trossard (three in 1,607 minutes/one per 535.67 minutes), Aaron Connolly (three in 1,211 minutes/one per 403.67 minutes), Pascal Gross (two in 1,744 minutes/one per 872 minutes) and Glenn Murray (two in 800 minutes/one per 400 minutes). [via TransferMarkt]
However, even with Potter able to field nine substitutes for the rest of the season rather than the usual seven, the Iranian has been unable to make the bench, which is a damning indictment of where he stands in Brighton’s pecking order of attacking options.
The Seagulls still have six matches left in this season’s Premier League. The level of Jahanbakhsh’s involvement in those games should tell us a lot more about where he really stands in the manager’s reckoning and hint at whether he would be best served by a return to Eredivisie.
Brighton fans, what did you make of Potter’s remarks about Jahanbakhsh? Have your say by commenting below!

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