Former footballer Ian Wright thinks Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is a player worth around £60-70m – and believes that the impressive current form of Adama Traore will increase the amount of goals the Mexican hitman will net for his side.
Jimenez and Traore were instrumental in Wolves’ weekend win over Southampton, with the striker notching a double as the winger assisted a pair on the south coast – and Wright believes the duo’s link-up play will only serve to boost Jimenez’s goal tally. Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Wright argued that Jimenez is worthy of a hefty value, thanks in part to a teammate that is beginning to flourish in the Premier League.
He said: “I think when [Jimenez] was here on loan for that season, everybody was saying, ‘yeah, he looks like he’s somebody who’s going to do well in this country if they sign him.’ And to be honest, since then he’s played 61 league games – he’s been like an ever-present.
“He’s got everything. I watched him the other day against Southampton and he was fantastic. And when you look at the emergence of Traore, who now seems to get it, you’re looking at him and you think to yourself, ‘now we’re looking at a £60-70m striker in Jimenez.’ He’s a good goalscorer. And what’s going to happen now, like I say with Traore – he’ll probably score more goals.”
Has Adama Traore been Wolves' best player this season?
Traore and Jimenez have linked up on plenty of occasions this season – so much so, that goals from the striker assisted by the Spaniard is the Premier League’s joint-second-most common goalscoring combination between players (four) – with only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero teaming up for more (five), according to WhoScored.
That suggests Wright could be onto something, while Jimenez’s current goal haul this season of 19 in all competitions suggests that his £37.8m valuation (as per Transfermarkt) may be in need of revising having enjoyed himself in front of goal this term.
With Wolves still battling for success on multiple fronts, there appears to be no limits for the Mexican striker this year, having already topped his goalscoring total from his first season at Molineux. And given Traore received plenty of plaudits recently, he could yet help Jimenez record his best numbers to date – which would see a substantial price hike become no surprise.
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