At the beginning of the week, Sky Sports came together to list their best signings of the season. Speaking to pundits, Ron Walker was under the opinion that Wolves’ Raul Jimenez deserved to be in the conversation.
A major reason behind Walker’s claims appears to be just how pivotal he has been to the Midlands club fantastic season, with Nuno Santo’s men sitting in seventh.
Signing on loan from Benfica, he has been a revelation but despite a slow start to the campaign, the Sky Sports pundit has explained that his form over the middle months of the season means he’s been one of the best signings of 2018/19.
Here’s what Walker said about the Mexican striker.
“Despite scoring 82 goals on their way to promotion to the Premier League last season Wolves’ top-scoring striker, Leo Bonatini, netted only 12 times in all competitions. Enter stage left Raul Jimenez, the latest in a long line of imports from Portuguese clubs, and having a difficult time of it at domestic champions Benfica.
“A season-long loan to Molineux took its time to get going, with three goals in Jimenez’s first 13 Premier League games.
“But the Mexican has got his mojo back and his quality as a traditional number nine, as well as the 15 goals he has scored for his loan club, have both played a big part in their success this season.”
It’s incredibly hard not to admire the way Wolves have played this season. They’ve become one of the best teams to watch in the Premier League and are without a doubt one of the most impressive newly promoted sides ever seen.
Jimenez has played a major part in that and without him, Wolves would be far worse off. That means he should easily be in the discussion for the best new player to arrive in England’s top flight.
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He hasn’t necessarily been the best signing this term but he’s scored some crucial goals this campaign which have made him an instant hit in Wolverhampton. Finding the net against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea provides evidence of just how influential he’s been.
The players in behind the 27-year-old, such as Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves, means that he is able to flourish and the club simply has to make his temporary loan move into a permanent one this summer.