Both Wolves and Southampton have made solid starts to their Premier League campaign, especially the former who has already held Manchester City to a draw.
Wolves spent over £60 million in the transfer market over the summer as Nuno Espiritio Santo looked to upgrade his squad. Southampton likewise, spent well over the summer as Mark Hughes was given £50 million to try and improve a squad that was fighting relegation last year.
Both clubs looked to strengthen up front as the Saints brought in Danny Ings while Raul Jiminez joined Wolves to bolster their attacking their options.
Both players will be vital for their clubs this season, so let’s have a look at the two…
Signed on loan from Benfica, Raul Jimenez has managed to have a fairly decorated career without actually being any good.
The Mexico international had a stint with Atletico Madrid where he failed to impress and following that he moved to Benfica where has also failed to perform, where his highest goal tally with seven in the league.
A quick striker, Jimenez is entering the prime of his career but has never consistently showed the talent that he possesses. The on-loan striker loves to get the ball at his feet and run at defenders which may actually suit the fast-paced style of the Premier League. Although he has already opened his account for Wolves, he must improve his ability in front of goal if the Midlands club is going to stay up this season.
Signing him on loan is a low-risk move for a club that desperately needed a forward up front to compete with Bonatini. However, considering the previous signings from Portugal, Jimenez isn’t exactly the best.
Time will tell but so far, it’s not an outstanding signing from Wolves.
TT Verdict: C
Despite being only 26, Danny Ings’ career has been marred by a raft of injuries which curtailed any potential for success at the Merseyside club. At his best, Ings only managed to make eight appearances in the league for Liverpool.
Desperate for a striker, Marl Hughes signed the former Burnley man on loan for the season in lieu of a permanent move next summer.
A good finisher, quick enough to beat defenders and able to make good runs, Ings’ has a very well-rounded game and for a club that struggled to score without Charlie Austin, he could prove to be vital.
Moreover, despite his terrible injury record, Ings is still regarded as a very good striker and one that could score between 15-20 goals if he can stay fit.
On a talent level, this transfer looks to be a shrewd piece of business for Southampton but the one big question remains whether the 26-year-old can stay healthy for the whole season.
Ings has already scored two goals in four appearances this season and could go on to form a great partnership with Charlie Austin this season.
TT Verdict: B+
Both loan signings, the battle is one between a proven striker with a horrific recent injury record and a talented striker that has never truly delivered.
In a quick and physical league, Jimenez could well blossom and prove to be another great signing by Wolves. He has the build and physicality to play in the league but it remains to be seen whether he can score the goals needed to keep the club in the league. At 27, he’s entering his prime so this year might well be the one where Jimenez finally shows what he’s capable of.
Ings on the other hand, definitely has the record to justify his move but not in terms of fitness. Southampton seriously struggled to score last season without Austin in the team. With Ings, they may have found a potentially dangerous attacking duo. If the club can keep Ings fit, they’ve made a great signing.
Just for his record, Ings wins this one and could well define Southampton’s season.