Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh has been linked with a potential return to the Eredivisie in Netherlands.
They are not the only Eredivisie side being linked with the 26-year-old – De Telegraaf claimed in recent days that Ajax are also interested in the player.
Jahanbakhsh cost Brighton a then-club record £17.1m from AZ in 2018 (as per TransferMarkt) but has not had the best of times at the Amex Stadium. He failed to find the net in 19 Premier League appearances last season and had to wait until December for his first league outing of the current campaign (as per TransferMarkt).
The Iranian briefly came to life over the festive period with two goals in five days against Bournemouth and Chelsea, including a magnificent overhead kick to rescue a point against the Blues, but that wasn’t enough to keep him in Graham Potter’s starting XI.
He has played just 37 minutes of football since January and, even with Premier League clubs now able to name 20-man matchday squads, he didn’t even make the bench for either of the Seagulls’ two matches so far since the restart. [via TransferMarkt].
Jahanbakhsh has only had 404 minutes of game-time this season, his festive double giving him a return of one goal every 202 minutes – a better goals-per-minute ratio than Brighton team-mates Neal Maupay (nine in 2,352 minutes/one per 261.33 minutes), Leandro Trossard (three in 1,563 minutes/one per 521 minutes), Aaron Connolly (three in 1,124 minutes/one per 374.67 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]
Taking the goals-per-minute averages of Brighton’s forwards, it could be argued that Jahanbakhsh is hard done by not to feature more regularly, given that he even has a more efficient return than Seagulls top scorer Maupay.
However, that he was overlooked for a 20-man squad against both Arsenal and Leicester does not bode well for him at the Amex, while a paltry three Premier League starts and eight league games in total in 2019/20 shows that Potter isn’t wholly convinced by the Iranian.
Should Brighton keep or sell Alireza Jahanbakhsh?
He could hardly be blamed if he wants to return to the Eredivisie, while Brighton seem to have enough attacking options to manage without him, despite his efficient goal return.
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