Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is currently on a ‘bad run of form’ according to journalist Tim Spiers, although the journalist pointed out that the Mexican has still posted one particularly impressive statistic this season.
The Lowdown: Jimenez draws blank at Arsenal
Bruno Lage’s suffered a damaging 2-1 defeat away to Arsenal on Thursday night, with Jose Sa’s stoppage-time own goal clinching victory for the Gunners.
Jimenez had a quiet night by his standards, with the Mexican missing one big chance and failing to record a single key pass, according to Sofascore.
The 30-year-old certainly isn’t in the best form of his Wolves career, having been hailed as ‘special’ by Nuno Espirito Santo in the past, and there was some post-match debate online regarding his place in the team.
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The Latest: Spiers discusses Jimenez’s form
Responding to a Wolves fan on Twitter who accused Jimenez of being unable to ‘lead the line’ in attack, Spiers replied to admit that the striker is indeed “going through a bad run of form” at the moment.
However, the journalist refuted the supporter’s claim about the Mexican and leading the line, pointing out that the 30-year-old has won more headers per 90 minutes this season than in any other since first coming to Molineux in 2018, a statistic backed up by WhoScored.
The Verdict: Long-term replacement needed
There is no doubt that it hasn’t Jimenez’s most productive season at Molineux, with only five league goals to his name and just two in the last three months, but as Spiers has quantified, he remains an important figure who leads the line well.
However, with Jimenez turning 31 in May, Wolves may soon need to start planning for life beyond the Mexico international, especially with his horrendous head injury understandably hindering him from ever rediscovering his peak form.
Bringing in a centre-forward with similar attributes to the 30-year-old should be high on Lage’s list of priorities this summer, unless he feels that Hwang Hee-chan can excel in the role, having played there once this season.
In other news, three Wolves players struggled in the defeat to Arsenal. Find out who they are here.
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