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Jimenez is proving why Wolves would have been crazy to splash out on Origi

Jimenez is proving why Wolves would have been crazy to splash out on Origi

Wolves reinforced their forward line in the summer with the addition of Raul Jimenez on loan from Benfica, but manager Nuno Espirito Santo had reportedly wanted to bolster his options up front further.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Wolves were willing to pay Liverpool £22m plus add ons for striker Divock Origi only for the Belgian to turn down the chance to move to Molineux.

Failing to sign Origi, though, is hardly a knockout blow for Wolves.

The Breakdown

Having been unable to find a way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans, £9m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Origi has gone on to have loan spells at both Lille and VfL Wolfsburg in the last couple of years, but he has hardly set the world alight at either club.

And, at the rumoured £27m Liverpool are demanding, it simply would not have been worth bringing Origi to Molineux.

Given how Jimenez has started off the season — and should he be able to maintain that form — Origi would have found it difficult finding a way into Nuno’s starting XI.

Jimenez could not add to the debut goal he scored against Everton in Wolves’ 2-0 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday, but he still looked dangerous and put in another tireless performance up front.

Like Origi, though, Jimenez goal record in recent campaigns is not the greatest. However, with the Mexican only being at Molineux for the season, his addition is a low-risk one compared to what any permanent deal for Origi would have been.

And, if Jimenez does go on to have a successful season in the Premier League with Wolves, then there is always a good chance of the club making the Mexico international’s loan a permanent.

Ultimately, with Jimenez leading their line, Wolves do not need Origi and definitely not for £27m.

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