Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent is concerned that Wolves will never see the best of star man Raul Jimenez again.
Bent worries for Jimenez
The 29-year-old suffered a significant setback after sustaining a fractured skull during his side’s 2-1 victory against Arsenal at the beginning of December.
Jimenez, who moved to Molineux for £30m from Benfica in 2019, has scored 47 goals and provided 18 assists from 110 appearances for the Black Country club (TransferMarkt), and has been the club’s top goalscorer for the past two campaigns.
“I hope we see him back to his best because I’m a big fan of Jimenez, he was just superb for a long time but you never know what the after-effects are of that injury,” he said.
“The ones I can kind of think of are like Petr Cech – was he the same after that? You’d probably say he wasn’t.
“He was still a very, very, very good goalkeeper, but was he at the same level he was when he first got to Chelsea before he had that freak injury? Probably not.
“We hope he comes back because that’d be massive for Wolves, Wolves are gonna need him. Him being out, selling Diogo Jota – I like Podence, I think he’s good. I love Neto but I think Jimenez kind of brings it all together.
“We hope he’s back sooner rather than later and I really hope when he does come back, he’s the player that we all remember.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
It will be a huge boost for Wolves once Jimenez returns to full fitness. While Bent raises a good point about Jimenez based on Cech’s experience, there is no way of telling until the time comes around.
But despite this, the Mexican superstar, who was described as “sensational” by skipper Conor Coady, has a long journey ahead of him if he wants to rediscover his form.
Nuno Espirito Santo needs to fill the void for the time being – signing a striker in January has to be the priority for the Portuguese tactician.
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