Wolves: Raul Jimenez expected to leave this summer
There is every chance that Wolves striker Raul Jimenez seal a summer move away from Molineux at the end of the season, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Jimenez struggling this season
The Mexican has been a great servant for Wanderers down the years, racking up an overall tally of 57 goals and 23 assists in 158 appearances.
Jimenez has struggled to find his best form this season however, not finding the net once in seven Premier League outings and looking like his best days are behind him.
With the 31-year-old’s contract running out at the end of next season, this summer could be the final chance for him to enjoy a new challenge while banking the club a decent fee in the process.
The Latest: Summer exit predicted
While all the current exit talk is about Ruben Neves, O’Rourke told Give Me Sport he could also see Jimenez departing Molineux once the 2022/23 campaign reaches its conclusion:
“I think for a while now, Wolves have been looking for striking alternatives. They brought in Kalajdzic in the summer as a big-money signing, but unfortunately, he got injured straightaway.
“And now they’ve got Matheus Cunha and (Pablo) Sarabia in; I don’t see too many first-team opportunities for Raul Jimenez. So, I think there might be a parting of the way in the summer for Jimenez.”
The Verdict: Right time to move on
A summer exit from Wolves is likely to be the best outcome for everyone when it comes to Jimenez, with the 100-cap Mexico hero not at the level he once was.
In truth, he has never been the same since suffering a life-threatening head injury against Arsenal, which is wholly understandable, with age also catching up with him at the same time.
Jimenez has been a huge part of any success Wolves have had in recent years, being hailed as ‘special’ by Nuno Espirito Santo back in 2020, but all good things must come to an end.
Receiving a fee for the £100,000-a-week-earning striker this summer would generate funds for a younger striker, as well as freeing up wages, and the hope is that Jimenez can enjoy one last hurrah in the remaining months of this season.