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TT Introduces: Alireza Jahanbakhsh

TT Introduces: Alireza Jahanbakhsh

It has been a decent start to the new Premier League season for Brighton, who were absolutely brilliant in their 3-2 win over Manchester United at the Amex last month. 

Chris Hughton’s men currently sit in 14th place having taken four points from their first four games, and supporters will be hoping to see their club perform even better in the coming months once the club’s new signings have been fully bedded in, including Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Jahanbakhsh joined Brighton in the summer from AZ Alkmaar for a club-record fee but has yet to start a league game for his new side.

Hughton, so far, has only used Jahanbakhsh off the bench in the Premier League; however, it is likely to be only a matter of time before the Iranian is chucked into the starting XI having arrived at the Amex with much expectation.

Jahanbakhsh, who featured in the recent World Cup for Iran, was in inspirational form last season finishing the 2017/18 Eredivisie campaign as top scorer with 21 goals, ultimately displaying why Hughton was so keen to bring him in.

As well as his goal-scoring ability, Jahanbakhsh is a player who can offer his manager much versatility in attack, something his new boss alluded to upon the attacking midfielder’s arrival.

“Ali is a player that we have been aware of and monitored for a few years, and his versatility will increase our attacking options within the squad,” Hughton told the Argus.

“He can play in a wide position or central midfield attacking role, and I am now very much looking forward to working with him.”

While Jahanbakhsh is a very versatile player, as mentioned by Hughton, the 25-year-old is devastating when he is playing out wide on the right-hand side.

From there, Jahanbakhsh is able to deliver accurate crosses into the box — either on the ground or aerially — but can also move into more central areas before rifling a powerful shot towards goal or slipping a through ball into the path of a team-mate.

Once Jahanbakhsh is fully up to speed and has adapted to his new surroundings, a forward such as Glenn Murray — who is very effective in the air — will only benefit from the integration of his new team-mate.

With the above in mind, there is no doubt that Hughton rates Jahanbakhsh highly and believes he can be huge asset to Brighton this season, as the club looks to retain its Premier League status.

Hughton, though, is not alone in believing Jahanbakhsh is a special player with the Brighton man’s national manager and former Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz having also sung his praises.

“When a player starts to score he gets that addictive taste behind the tongue. And the more he scores, the more he becomes addicted to scoring,” Queiroz said in an interview with the Sunday Times.

“This is how Ali grew up and I compare it to Cristiano [Ronaldo]. His development was the same.”

Jahanbakhsh has not been able to make much of an impact at the Amex yet but, if he can eventually replicate his performances from his Eredivisie days, then Brighton could be in for a campaign away from the relegation zone.

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