Saman Ghoddos - Signs to June 2023 (+1yr option)

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I think he has massive potential if played higher up. How many of our players could strike the upright with a powerful right boot, then be alert enough to casually steer in the rebound with a deft left foot.

I think that's key. He's wasted playing as an 8. We've seen how positive he's been coming on up front with Mbeumo. He really needs to be playing as one of those two or in the more advanced AM role. With the shot he's got on him and his eye for a pass you want him around the edge of the penalty area as much as poss.
 

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He needs to play as a 10 and he needs a full pre-season. Then we can judge
 
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I think that's key. He's wasted playing as an 8. We've seen how positive he's been coming on up front with Mbeumo. He really needs to be playing as one of those two or in the more advanced AM role. With the shot he's got on him and his eye for a pass you want him around the edge of the penalty area as much as poss.

Just look at the Brighton vs west ham game. Jahanbakhsh started only a handful of games for them in the last 3 years after being brought in from AZ Alkmaar being top scorer and top assists if my memory is right. but he's been playing in the wrong positions and mostly defensive and then they complain about the lack of goals/assists. then finally he gets a start after so many games and is played closer to the attacking line, and in my own opinion and many others, he was the best player on the pitch. just shows how important it is to set up the players in the correct position.

Saman is the same thing.. play him closer to Tony and he will not disappoint.
 

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I’m surprised we’ve not played Saman or EM as the third midfielder alongside Janelt and Jensen in this new system. It’s much closer to the no.10 role that both would claim was their best position and both would give us more progressive passing/movement and bodies in the box. Frank seems to see Ghoddos as a no.8 but I just don’t see that at all, he l ends up too deep to have an impact. Will be interesting to see if the significant uplift in performance after the subs on Monday sees Frank make some changes on sat or whether we stick with what we’ve got and save changes for later. Always difficult to tell whether the subs impact is due to tired oppo or the changes themselves but we certainly played quicker and more on the front foot after them.
 

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As per the new list of the Iranian National team for its "return leg" of the WCQ round 3, Saman Ghoddos has been invited. So that'll mean he's most likely going to fly after the last match. Can't wait to see us promote! (i mean both Brentford and our NT) This will make the break towards next season so much better!
 
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Congratulations everyone! I've been really busy in the past days but i did manage to watch a little bit of the first half of our play-off match against Swansea. Can't say how glad i am for Brentford to go through and finally play in the Premier League... a place in which they belong!

As for Saman, he arrived in Bahrain to join the Iran national team for the upcoming WCQ matches which start on Thursday.
Heres a nice little picture of Saman today.

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This is Saman's first training session with the team. Bahrain is very very hot during this month.. Don't know why the Asian confederation has taken Irans home games (3 out of 4 were to be played in Iran) and gave them to Bahrain (another team in the group) in the mids of covid-19 that has basically shut down the whole country. Lets hope Saman and the rest will stay covid free. by the way, everyone has been vaccinated during the camp, if Saman wasn't vaccinated.. he will get the vaccine.

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He’s probably one of the fittest there!!!

Good luck to Saman. 👍

He looks much fitter than a couple of weeks ago I must admit, in the news article I've read they wrote about Saman's positive attitude and energy level. I've noticed that his belly has gotten much smaller :) Kudos to the staff back at Brentford for putting Saman on the scale. He missed the pre-season with Brentford, but this will be extra after the league, which will keep him that little bit more in shape.
 

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This is Saman's first training session with the team. Bahrain is very very hot during this month.. Don't know why the Asian confederation has taken Irans home games (3 out of 4 were to be played in Iran) and gave them to Bahrain (another team in the group) in the mids of covid-19 that has basically shut down the whole country. Lets hope Saman and the rest will stay covid free. by the way, everyone has been vaccinated during the camp, if Saman wasn't vaccinated.. he will get the vaccine.

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Victim of COVID, I’m afraid. I guess they assessed that Bahrain had a lesser problem than Iran when the decision was made :(

 
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Victim of COVID, I’m afraid. I guess they assessed that Bahrain had a lesser problem than Iran when the decision was made :(


That's the funny part, Bahrain is in full lockdown since it has new all-time highs in covid counts and related deaths. I would atleast host the games in a country of Iran's choice since we had 3 home games out of 4 remaining matches. Somewhere like Qatar which also hosted the Asian champions league with multiple teams briliantly. Anyway for us it's basically do or die. win 4 matches. I do think it's definitely doable.. I just wish we still had Carlos Queiroz. That man is incredible.
 

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That's the funny part, Bahrain is in full lockdown since it has new all-time highs in covid counts and related deaths. I would atleast host the games in a country of Iran's choice since we had 3 home games out of 4 remaining matches. Somewhere like Qatar which also hosted the Asian champions league with multiple teams briliantly. Anyway for us it's basically do or die. win 4 matches. I do think it's definitely doable.. I just wish we still had Carlos Queiroz. That man is incredible.

The Bahrainis (and Iraqis) wouldn’t have wanted to play in front of 78,000 fans at the Azadi :) Poor old Hong Kong - they’d have probably refused to come out of the changing room!
 
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The Bahrainis (and Iraqis) wouldn’t have wanted to play in front of 78,000 fans at the Azadi :) Poor old Hong Kong - they’d have probably refused to come out of the changing room!

Haha yes, personally I can't believe we're in such a mess in this qualifiers after being the #1 in Asia for so many years with Carlos Queiroz at the helm of the NT. either way, we have to step up and we've always been in these situations, but it is getting annoying and blatant now that the AFC is corrupt.

Funny thing is that it doesn't matter how many seats there are at Azadi stadium, it will always exceed 100k people somehow :D

Can't wait till the first match tomorrow, I will have to guess that Saman will be a substitute because he's just joined the team while the rest have been training for a week already.
 
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Became our latest full international player as a sub in the 3-1 over Hong Kong earlier.

Correct, he got subbed in after the 1st half. The pace of the match was not high as per the head coach's interviews for both teams before and after the match in which they complained about the very bad quality of the pitch. Hong Kong was parking the bus for 90 minutes. annoying to see that our boys still haven't gotten to full chemistry and potential but the more they play the better. Glad that Saman had some minutes with the team. especially in this heat, it was good for him to get acclimatized.

Next up is Bahrain in 3,4 days. 3 more wins and we are back on track. Just want to see more of Saman.
 
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Iran beat Bahrain 3-0 Ghoddos came on at half time and according to my Iranian friend was amazing.

Hopefully @PersianTactician can give us a full review

Yes, this is true, I was going to update everyone here but I had no time. 1st half started really slow, both teams played slow, and from our side, the line-up and formation were really not something we liked. The sense of urgency was lacking but it might have helped us in the end. Bahrain is known for their sh*t-talking during the game and using very nasty words and grass rolling like no other.. and this slow-paced game helped us in a way in which they didn't have the 90-minute concentration, and after the 1st goal, they were crumbling.

Saman got subbed instead of the left-back Mohammadi who plays for Gent in Belgium, and Hajsafi played as left-back and Saman took the midfield. He played really cool and collected, pressed the opponent really well, and played really cleverly with great dribbles. I think he dribbled 3,4 players a couple of times which just showed his technical ability in tight spaces and his drive to win duels. For me he was one of the best players, constantly looking forward to assisting the forwards or get a shot. Got unlucky cutting inside and shooting which IMO would have gone in if it didn't hit the defender.

He's getting the hang of it and he's gelling with the players better and better. It is also obvious in the pictures. Next match is against Cambodia in which the goals scored will not count due to North Korea abandoning their WCQ campaign. Saman will most likely start and get subbed out relatively quickly after the first half to preserve him for the last match vs Iraq. At least that is what I would do.

Ill try to get some pictures/videos for you guys.
 
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Minutes 57',60', 72', 77' These are the ones I found him in the highlight, This Bahraini highlight is what i found, there were more that Saman did but it isn't shown in the highlight apparently.

 

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Have always wanted him to do well. Lets face it he has never performed. Not sure he was cut out for the championship. I'm sure he is not good enough for football at premier league level.
 

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Minutes 57',60', 72', 77' These are the ones I found him in the highlight, This Bahraini highlight is what i found, there were more that Saman did but it isn't shown in the highlight apparently.


First time Iran has ever won in Bahrain I think? Mehdi Taremi really should have done better on the 57’ minute, after Saman’s pass! Never forget his 94th winning goal against Chelsea in the Champions League :)

 
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Have always wanted him to do well. Lets face it he has never performed. Not sure he was cut out for the championship. I'm sure he is not good enough for football at premier league level.

I think people have to be more patient with players coming from other leagues. Saman has proven he's a player that can make the difference, just look at his performance against Arsenal, their team was less talented than the one in Brentford, but the tactics were just suited for his style of play. These days, the way the coach sets up the team and the tactics involved will have an influence on how a player performance against the expectations of the fans.

First time Iran has ever won in Bahrain I think? Mehdi Taremi really should have done better on the 57’ minute, after Saman’s pass! Never forget his 94th winning goal against Chelsea in the Champions League :)


I completely agree! he should of scored that goal and i'm sure he would if he didn't try to get the penalty. And it's correct, first time ever on their turf... it was insanely hot yesterday apparently, and thats one of the biggest reasons winning in Bahrain is so damn difficult.


He had a handful of those moves in the game, don't know why the rest isn't being shown :)
 

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I think people have to be more patient with players coming from other leagues. Saman has proven he's a player that can make the difference, just look at his performance against Arsenal, their team was less talented than the one in Brentford, but the tactics were just suited for his style of play. These days, the way the coach sets up the team and the tactics involved will have an influence on how a player performance against the expectations of the fans.



I completely agree! he should of scored that goal and i'm sure he would if he didn't try to get the penalty. And it's correct, first time ever on their turf... it was insanely hot yesterday apparently, and thats one of the biggest reasons winning in Bahrain is so damn difficult.



He had a handful of those moves in the game, don't know why the rest isn't being shown :)

Good to see as that's something we really haven't seen of him at Brentford so far.
 

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I too want to see him do well for us. He came across really well in his first interview, intelligent, smiling and sounded a really decent sort. Not unlike Emiliano.
I also wanted Maceachran (can't be bothered to look up the spelling) to do well but only because he was a Bees player. Never seemed to enjoy playing and his interviews were devoid of personality.
 

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Yes, this is true, I was going to update everyone here but I had no time. 1st half started really slow, both teams played slow, and from our side, the line-up and formation were really not something we liked. The sense of urgency was lacking but it might have helped us in the end. Bahrain is known for their sh*t-talking during the game and using very nasty words and grass rolling like no other.. and this slow-paced game helped us in a way in which they didn't have the 90-minute concentration, and after the 1st goal, they were crumbling.

Saman got subbed instead of the left-back Mohammadi who plays for Gent in Belgium, and Hajsafi played as left-back and Saman took the midfield. He played really cool and collected, pressed the opponent really well, and played really cleverly with great dribbles. I think he dribbled 3,4 players a couple of times which just showed his technical ability in tight spaces and his drive to win duels. For me he was one of the best players, constantly looking forward to assisting the forwards or get a shot. Got unlucky cutting inside and shooting which IMO would have gone in if it didn't hit the defender.

He's getting the hang of it and he's gelling with the players better and better. It is also obvious in the pictures. Next match is against Cambodia in which the goals scored will not count due to North Korea abandoning their WCQ campaign. Saman will most likely start and get subbed out relatively quickly after the first half to preserve him for the last match vs Iraq. At least that is what I would do.

Ill try to get some pictures/videos for you guys.

sounds like Bahrain are twinned with Swansea
 

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Does not even look like the same player that has been playing for us…clearly has more to come!!
It's all relative. I can look like that if I'm playing against a bunch of 12 year olds
 

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People need to remember season gone was his first full season not only in English football but in the top end of the Championship. He’s had odd flashes and some well celebrated goals. I expect him to kick on next year and if he doesn’t then bye bye.
 
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