Brighton & Hove Albion

Transfer Battle: Kenedy vs Alireza Jahanbakhsh

At home versus Brighton, Newcastle United will see Saturday as a good opportunity to claim their first Premier League win of the season when Chris Hughton’s men make the journey up north to St. James’ Park.

And one player manager Rafael Benitez will be looking towards for inspiration on the day is Kenedy.

The Brazilian was on the scoresheet in the Magpies’ 3-2 defeat away at Manchester United just before the international break after making a slow start to the season, and will now be hoping to build from that performance.

As for Brighton, Alireza Jahanbakhsh will also be desperate to deliver if called upon having had a lacklustre beginning to the campaign like his upcoming opponent.

With that in mind, how do the two wingers compare ahead of Saturday’s clash?

Kenedy

After a successful loan spell at St. James’ Park for the second half of last season, Newcastle supporters were eager to see Kenedy return to Tyneside.

Kenedy, however, has yet to replicate the sort of impact he made during his first stint at the club and has been a disappointment considering his ability.

That being said, the 22-year-old looked extremely dangerous versus Manchester United and is still the team’s most threatening outlet in attack.

1v1, Kenedy is an absolute handful for defenders with the Fluminense youth product able to breeze past full-backs with his pace or leave them on their backsides after performing a brilliant piece of skill.

Strong delivery with his left foot is also something Kenedy has in his arsenal giving him all the tools to become a complete winger, though the current circumstances at Newcastle will make achieving such a feat there difficult.

TT Grade: B

Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Like Kenedy, Jahanbakhsh is also a threat from out wide, something he showed on many occasions at AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie before joining Brighton.

The 25-year-old finished last season as the top scorer in Dutch football’s top flight after registering 21 goals making it a no-brainer as to why Hughton was so desperate to bring him to the Amex.

Jahanbakhsh’s versatility in attack and crossing ability would have also made him an attractive proposition.

The Iran international, however, has not had many opportunities to show any of the above with his boss having mainly used him off the bench.

Jahanbakhsh, though, has all the attributes needed to come good and it would be surprising not to see him play a bigger role as the season goes on considering the technical quality he possesses.

TT Grade: C

TT Verdict:

Bar his goal against Manchester United, Kenedy has made little impact so far this term and has yet to meet the high expectations he is quite clearly capable of reaching.

Unlike Jahanbakhsh, though, Kenedy has been able to show his quality in the Premier League and once Newcastle raise their level as a whole, the Chelsea loanee should be able to go up another gear as well.

Furthermore, the Newcastle man looks to be the better acquisition and that is unlikely to change any time soon with Jahanbakhsh currently condemned to a substitute role.

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