Many would not have been expecting Wolverhampton Wanderers to have had the season they have had so far. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been one of the stories of the Premier League campaign this year as their performances have impressed a number of fans and pundits alike.
The Molineux outfit made a number of high-profile acquisitions in the summer and have all played a huge part in helping the club compete for a place within European competition next season, however, it would seem one man has hit the ground running more than others.
And, that is an opinion that Ron Walker has, with the Sky Sports journalist picking Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez as his signing of the summer.
Speaking about the Mexico international, he said: “Despite scoring 82 goals on their way to promotion to the Premier League last season Wolves’ top-scoring striker, Leo Bonatini, netted only 12 times in all competitions. Enter stage left Raul Jimenez, the latest in a long line of imports from Portuguese clubs, and having a difficult time of it at domestic champions Benfica. A season-long loan to Molineux took its time to get going, with three goals in Jimenez’s first 13 Premier League games. But the Mexican has got his mojo back and his quality as a traditional number nine, as well as the 15 goals he has scored for his loan club, have both played a big part in their success this season.”
The club’s decision to bring him to Molineux appears to have been something of a masterstroke as the 27-year-old appears to have really settled into life under Nuno and works brilliantly in the system that Wolves look to use.
As Walker mentioned, Jimenez, who is valued at £22.5 million (by Transfermarkt), has been in fine form for the Premier League outfit this season and has emerged into a player that has shown real quality in front of goal recently.
Wolves are believed to have the option to sign the Mexican on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, worth around £30million – which looks to be some really clever business. The club must take up the option to sign him as he could be the man to bring European football to Molineux in the future – whether that be next season or in the next few years.
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