Why Alireza Jahanbakhsh could be a brilliant signing for Brighton
After successfully retaining their position in the Premier League, Brighton and Hove Albion will now be aiming to make a strong impression this time around. The Seagulls were impressive under Chris Hughton as the club played some of their best football last season.
The manager has already bolstered the squad with a number of new stars. New signings are essential if the club are to keep up with the Premier League’s intense competition.
The Seagulls have another two weeks to complete more business before the transfer window shuts on August 9. Brighton subsequently completed the signing of AZ Alkmaar midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh for a reported fee of around £17million. He will become the club’s new record signing since the fee eclipses the one paid for Jurgen Locadia.
The Iranian star will be the Seagulls’ eighth big signing of the summer. The midfielder earned the move after impressing for the Dutch outfit, which saw him score 34 goals in 85 appearances. The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract which will keep him at the Amex Stadium until 2023.
Brighton’s new signing has also racked up 41 caps for his country, scoring 4 goals. The midfielder was also impressive for Iran during the World Cup in Russia.
He made a total of 33 appearances in the Eredivisie last season, scoring 21 goals and providing 12 assists. He also scored 1 goal in 4 KNVB Cup appearances. Alireza is usually deployed as a right-winger but the Iranian is also capable of playing on the left flank.
He is an explosive forward whose pace and direct runs often threaten the opposition defenders. He possesses an impressive dribbling ability that allows him to ghost past his markers. The 24-year-old is excellent at taking long shots as well – he averaged 4.3 shots per game in the Dutch league last season.
He’s also got an impressive distribution ability in the final third. His ability to finish off half-chances makes him a very enticing prospect. The winger is clinical inside the box and uses his deadly finishing to rack up the goals.
Hughton really seems more than determined to take the Seagulls to new heights this season. The club have brought in a number of high-profile signings in the last two months. Brighton and Hove Albion open their Premier League campaign with a clash against Watford, and the club will be more than ready for it.