With just Raul Jimenez and Leo Bonatini as their only out-and-out strikers at the moment, Wolves could do with one more body in that department who offers something a little different from the two physical front-men.
Well, in Jimenez and Bonatini, Wolves have two forwards who stand at 6′ 3″ and 6′ 0″ respectively. The pair’s physical presence has often helped get the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro, Diogo Jota, Adama Traore and Helder Costa involved in the game, although they are missing a true poacher in front of goal.
27-year-old Jimenez, on loan from Benfica, has, in fairness, had an excellent start to his Premier League career and has caused problems for a lot of defences so far this season. The Mexican has scored three goals and created a further four in just 12 games, where his hold up play and ability to find a teammate has been a key feature of Nuno’s side.
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In Bonatini’s case, the Brazilian is yet to start in the Premier League, making seven sub appearances where he has a single assist to his name; his lack of game time is perhaps down to his similar playing style to Jimenez.
In Javier Hernandez, there is a player who is arguably one of the best in the box in England, and one who rarely features for West Ham at the moment. The 30-year-old, who also plays for the Mexico national team alongside Jimenez, has made just two starts in the league, scoring a single goal.
Not much needs to be said about the former Manchester United man’s abilities in front of goal – he has one of the best strike rates in English top-flight history and managed a goal every two league games for the Hammers last season.
One thing he does lack, perhaps, is the ability to hold the ball up, but in the aforementioned pair that Wolves do have at their disposal, that shouldn’t be a problem if he were to play alongside one of them.
Additionally, the presence of a fellow countryman in Jimenez would help him settle in quickly on and off the Molineux pitch; this could be an excellent deal for everyone involved.