Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips believes Wolves hitman Raul Jimenez could depart for a bigger club if his scoring form continues.
Jimenez notched a match-winning double against Southampton at the weekend, while he has scored 37 goals in Wolves colours since joining in 2018, with most of those coming this season as his form has continued since permanently signing back in April.
With the striker in top form of late, Phillips suggested to Football Insider that a bigger club could come calling if Jimenez maintains the level of his recent performances.
He said: “I think he’s getting better and better. I think his all-round game is excellent, his hold-up play, he can run, he’s good in the air, his finishing – you saw it at the weekend – it was calm, composed. He’s getting like a fine wine, he’s getting better and better every week. When you’ve got a player that can score goals given the opportunity, you’ve always got a chance of winning a football match. Jimenez is a fantastic striker.
“If he keeps performing the way he is, Wolves supporters won’t thank me for this, but naturally clubs are going to start having a sniff. Manchester United are looking for a striker, Chelsea are looking for a striker, Jimenez is quietly going about his business, making a name for himself.”
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Sky Sports has suggested that Manchester United are indeed in the market for a striker, with Jimenez thought to be appearing among their list of targets, which is no surprise given his success since coming to English football.
The 28-year-old certainly seems to be at the top of his game at present, with the Mexican hitting 19 in 36 appearances throughout the 2019/20 campaign following his dramatic brace at St. Mary’s.
Therefore, it seems Phillips is right in that an increased interest in Jimenez could emerge, particularly with the likes of United currently struggling with striker issues.
Whether Jimenez would be swayed by a team that is, by all accounts, playing at the same level as Wolves (with both clubs in the Premier League’s top half and in the knockout stages of the Europa League) remains to be seen, though with Jimenez finding the net at a greater rate than at his previous clubs, it wouldn’t be hugely surprising if his career did not have one more big move left in it.
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