Well, even before the Israeli team issue, at the time Dejagah was healthy and in a better shape, Masoud did not always start. That means he was not our best playmaker then either. In fact, many times, I remember I got too frustrated by Masoud for holding the ball too long which often resulted in losing the ball easily to the opponents. It happened only once in a while he would pull off a great game, like the one against Argentina (he was still the first one to be subbed out) and against Chile/Sweden. I believe once Ghoddos gets adjusted with the other players properly, him and Dejagah will make much better play makers than Masoud.