Translated by Sam M
(IranSportsPress.com-Walfoot.be)- Kaveh Rezaei, even if he didn’t score, is maybe with Dodi Lukebakio the offensive player carolo that looked the most in shape against Bochum.
Considering we already knew about Dodi Lukebakio and that Nurio Fortuna had evolved in a big Portuguese team (Braga), the Iranian attacker Kaveh Rezaei was kind of the “rabbit pulled out of the hat” of Mehdi Bayat. Earning his status of best passer (most assists) in the Iranian league, and being internationally capped, he still remained a question mark: a star in his country of origin, would he be able to adapt (the man speaks very little English)? Will his sportive contribution be immediate?
Jumping to conclusions after just one preparation match against a 2nd German division team would be risky however one thing is certain: Rezaei has positively impressed us. Associated to a David Pollet to whom he was compared in terms of playing style, the Iranian finally proved that he could complement him, bringing a lot of speed (something that was clearly lacking in the Pollet-Harbaoui duo last season) and technique. Clean ball controls, ability to create space: Rezaei only lacked a hair of efficiency to achieve a perfect half.
Mehdi Bayat: At the time we spoke about the player as a “discovery”, smiled “Yes and no; it always makes me laugh that we consider him like that. Yes it’s the case if we consider the European market. However it’s not for nothing that the boy has 500,000 followers on social media. Rezaei is a very good football player, that’s all.”
Difficult not to tend towards him after this first match. We’ll need to see if he’s be able to confirm it in the long run in the league, and register himself along with Reza Ghoochannejhad and Dariush Yazdani, among notable Persians that passed by our league.