Raul Jimenez arrived at Wolves this summer on a season-long loan deal from Benfica with plenty still to prove at the top level. In 120 appearances for his Portuguese parent club the striker managed just 31 goals.
Those figures suggested that the 27-year-old may struggle to shine in the Premier League. However, since his arrival at Molineux the 68-cap Mexico international has risen to the standard of the division.
Against Tottenham Hotspur, last time out, the Wolves No. 9 put in a complete performance for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Although he couldn’t prevent the home side succumbing to defeat, Jimenez proved that he has what it takes to perform at a high level against top opposition in the Premier League.
The Mexican was a constant thorn in the side of the Spurs defence and was ultimately rewarded for his all-action performance with a spot-kick that he calmly slotted into the corner. He could have had more goals too with a bit of luck as he produced five shots, with three of those being on target, against the north London outfit.
As well as striving for goals himself, he also took his turn as a creator, laying on two key passes for his teammates. On top that, Jimenez constantly harried his opponents and competed for every ball, winning three aerial duels in the process – more than any other player on the pitch. He also committed to his defensive duties, making four tackles.
On the ball, Jimenez was always a menace too. He was fearless in running at his opponents, completing three successful dribbles. He also made 30 passes and produced three accurate long balls.
If he can keep this form up then he’ll soon prove himself to be a Premier League level striker through and through.