To cover that hypothetical, here is a scouting report on Jahanbakhsh.
Jahanbakhsh's Undistinguished 2014 FIFA World Cup
Then-Iranian manager Carlos Queiroz, who has since quit, tried to implement a free-flowing brand of football, so it was surprising that a player of Jahanbakhsh's ability was used sparingly.
Must be time for Alireza Jahanbakhsh soon— John Duerden (@JohnnyDuerden) June 16, 2014
Time for JAHANBAKHSH PLEASE!!!!— Omid Djalili (@omid9) June 16, 2014
Jahanbakhsh did not start a single World Cup game for Iran.
- Made three substitute appearances
- Failed to score or create a goal.
- Took one shot.
- Made 16 passes.
- Completed one dribble.
- Averaged 16.3 minutes per game.
When Jahanbakhsh played in Iran's 3-1 defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina, he was deployed on the left wing, but was only involved in one play which led to a scoring chance.
Jahanbakhsh NEC Positives
Appearing in 59.3 percent of Eredivisie games as a substitute, Jahanbakhsh showed immense promise.
|League Only||Alireza Jahanbakhsh||Christian Atsu|
|Shots Per Goal||8.6||13|
|Key Passes Per Game||0.9||1.9|
|Dribbles Per Game||0.9||2.0|
Atsu is two years older and started on a substantially stronger team in sixth-placed Vitesse, yet his statistics are comparable to Jahanbakhsh's, an impact sub who played for relegated NEC.
Jahanbakhsh has outstanding scoring instincts and can facilitate for his teammates.
Racing on to the ball, Jahanbakhsh marvellously scored a missile-like long-range shot against AZ.
Jahanbakhsh intercepted Ajax utility player Daley Blind's pass, attacked the open space, and curled the ball into the bottom-right corner.
Blind was blind-sided by Jahanbakhsh shifting into high gear and lifting the ball over Ajax goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.
Heerenveen centre-back Arnold Kruiswijk does not close down Jahanbakhsh, who created a goalscoring opportunity via an outswinging cross to NEC central midfielder Soren Rieks.
Jahanbakhsh makes astute runs and finds ways of making pivotal plays.
He took advantage of a defensive breakdown from Kruiswijk and Heerenveen left-back Jukka Raitala by running in between the two.
This enabled Jahanbakhsh to win an uncontested header, nod it towards NEC centre-forward Michael Higdon, who half-volleyed the ball past Heerenveen goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
Jahanbakhsh contorted his body to nimbly head the ball past AZ goalkeeper Esteban.
Jahanbakhsh NEC Negatives
Jahanbakhsh needs to improve his goals-to-shots-taken ratio.
Jahanbakhsh cut past Raitala to get a clear sight on goal, but failed to test Nordfeldt.
Put through on goal against Heracles Almelo, Jahanbakhsh fluffed his lines.
Jahanbakhsh only converted 15.6 percent of goalscoring chances, per Squawka.com.
Chelsea management are attempting to create a revenue stream by stockpiling prospects, who are NOT first-team material, but can be sold for a profit.
- Bet on talent.
- Loan to feeder club Vitesse, or another club in Europe's elite league.
- Attract bidder/s.
- Negotiate advantageous transfer fee.
While nowhere near Porto in terms of manipulating the transfer market, Kevin de Bruyne was a breakthrough transfer win for Chelsea in the Roman Abramovich era.
- Signed from Genk for €8.7/£7 million; January 2012
- Sold to Wolfsburg for €22/£17.6 million; January 2014
Yes, Jahanbakhsh had a mundane World Cup for Iran. But like former NEC player (now Ajax and the Netherlands national team goalkeeper) Jasper Cillessen, Jahanbakhsh has elite upside.
If signed by Chelsea, Jahanbakhsh could garner a significant transfer fee within the next three years.
Statistics via WhoScored.com