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Each time the world cup comes around, new stars are born, the transfer market goes crazy and the world is an open mic stage to stardom for every footballer involved. Who will be this year’s previously unidentified flying object and earn a big money transfer to one of Europe’s football powerhouses just like Colombia James Rodriguez did in Brazil 2012.
The Sensible Soccer World Cup blog will bring scouting know how direct from the battlefield of English Premier League recruitment directors and chief scouts. Our blog will be opening the lid on just who is being watched ahead of Russia’s six-week footballing bonanza.
The top-scorer in the Eredivisie this season with 21 goals in 33 appearances, Jahanbakhsh fired AZ Alkmaar to 3rd place in the Eredivisie. He predominantly plays on the right of a front three but is also capable of playing off the left and also contributed 12 assists in the Eredivisie. A tricky and direct winger, Jahanbakhsh averaged 4.3 shots, 2.4 key passes and 3.4 dribbles per game in the league last season. However, this breakout season is yet to be replicated for his national side. In 38 appearances for Iran he has scored 4 goals and assisted 4, however, Carlos Queiroz's rigid defensive system may contribute to this. Through qualifying Iran conceded an average of 0.3 goals per game, the same number as group rivals Spain.
Whilst the first group-game against Morocco epitomised the rigidity in Querioz's system, the dramatic late winner and the draw between Portugal and Spain means that Iran currently top Group B. Against Spain and Portugal the Iranians are likely to sit even further back than they did against the Moroccans so Jahanbakhsh's defensive capabilities are likely to be highlighted. However, he and Azmoun are likely to be the catalysts for any Iranian counter-attacks. Should he be able to break through a Portuguese or Spanish defence almost unsupported, the world will almost certainly take notice and after such a superb league campaign, may just be enough to earn himself a move to the Premier League.
Article By: James Radcliffe