TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Alireza Jahanbakhsh says he hasn';t shown his best form for Brighton & Hove Albion yet and admitted he expected more from himself in his first season in England.
- Sports news - The Iranian winger joined the Brighton for a club record fee, reported to be Pound 17m, last summer but failed to register a goal or assist in a campaign which he said had ';a lot of ups and downs';.
A hamstring injury and the Asian Cup saw Jahanbakhsh miss three months of the season from November to February before he started eight of Albion';s final 11 Premier League matches.
Reflecting on his debut campaign in England, the 25-year-old said: 'It was a little bit up and down, to be honest. At the beginning I was trying to get into the team as soon as possible and play games.
'Obviously, as everyone knows, I played a couple of games and then got an unexpected injury. It took me out for a while and then I had the Asian Cup. There were some things which kept me away from playing games. The last couple of games I played, made progress and got used to the competition," Jahanbakhsh told brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk.
'The Premier League is a high-quality league and different to what I';m used to. It (the season) wasn';t what I';d planned for and what I was expecting from myself but it';s gone. I';ll have a good pre-season hopefully and will have a good season (next year) which I expect from myself and what everyone expects from me,' he added.
Jahanbakhsh admitted his season left him unsatisfied and he said: 'It was tough getting used to a new environment and moving to somewhere with a totally different culture and facing new stuff, which I';ve never been challenged with. There were a lot of ups and downs but there were a lot of times I enjoyed and played a lot of minutes. But it wasn';t something which makes me satisfied, nor the fans and people who expect more from me."
'I know the reason why I';m here and I was expecting more from myself obviously. I wanted to play more, be important for the team statistically but that was something which didn';t happen this season. Next season I';m going to work with double energy and with the mindset of what I have from the Premier League right now. Hopefully I';ll bring more quality to the team and show what I can do,' he added.
Jahanbakhsh, who played 24 times in all competitions, feels Brighton fans are still to see the best of him: 'Definitely. There';s been some games I';ve really enjoyed playing with my team-mates but my best hasn';t happened yet obviously. I expect more of myself and I know I can show more. That';s the reason I';m not really happy with this season. It has gone and next season I';m going to do everything to get into the best shape.'
Brighton finished 17th in the Premier League and also reached the FA Cup semi-finals in Jahanbakhsh';s first season with the club.