Brighton Coach Potter Reacts to Jahanbakhsh’s Link with Ajax
- July, 02, 2020 - 13:24
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Graham Potter has reacted to reports linking Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh to Eredivisie team Ajax.
Jahanbakhsh joined Brighton for £17m in 2018 from AZ Alkmaar but has struggled to establish himself as a regular with Graham Potter. He has made only eight Premier League appearances this season.
Reports from the Netherlands suggest Ajax have targeted Jahanbakhsh as a replacement for Hakim Ziyech, who is set to join Chelsea.
He grabbed his first Albion goal against Bournemouth in the 2-0 triumph, while against Chelsea he helped Albion to a 1-1 draw with a spectacular overhead kick.
“Every player is disappointed when they are out of the squad, regardless of the final number," said Potter. Sometimes you can make decisions on a starting eleven and then you look at the balance on the bench and sometimes a player can miss out on the 20 but is actually quite close to the starting eleven.
“He is that type of player that I just mentioned. You can make a different decision from the starting eleven, then with the amount of attacking players we have on the pitch.
“Maybe with the make-up of it he’s just been a bit unlucky. He has been top in terms of how he has worked, his professionalism, his support for the team, how he’s conducted himself has been incredible.
“It’s so hard when you have to make those decisions to leave players out, especially like Ali. He deserves to be in the starting eleven and the squad, he deserves that with his attributes, with his work. It’s just the joys of the head coach. He has to make the decision and at the moment he’s been unlucky,” Potter concluded.