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.
He’s probably one of the fittest there!!!
Good luck to Saman.
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.
I couldn't edit my previous post, but here is a couple more.
Victim of COVID, I’m afraid. I guess they assessed that Bahrain had a lesser problem than Iran when the decision was made
The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the Asian Football Confederation's decisio...www.insidethegames.biz
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!
Became our latest full international player as a sub in the 3-1 over Hong Kong earlier.
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.
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.
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 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
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.