Hughton backs Jahanbakhsh to shine
Brighton manager Chris Hughton believes Alireza Jahanbakhsh will kick on after looking good in the win over Huddersfield.
The Seagulls forked out a club-record fee, reported to be in the region of £17million, to sign the Iran international from AZ last summer but he has so far failed to live up to his price-tag and his yet to score for his new employers.
Jahanbakhsh came close to netting his first goal when rattling the bar in Saturday's 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Huddersfield and Hughton believes that performance was the forward's best for the club.
The 60-year-old English manager now believes the Qazvin-born star can kick on from that display and start finding the back of the net in the remaining nine games.
"I am hoping we are going to see more," Hughton told The Argus. "He is a goalscorer and that is why we brought him in."
Next up for Brighton is a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday before a huge FA Cup quarter-final clash away at Millwall eight days later.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.