Wolverhampton Wanderers have crashed out of the FA Cup following a third-round replay defeat at Manchester United and Express & Star journalist Nathan Judah has made a concerning claim about their prospects of turning it around.
The west Midlanders have now gone five games without a victory in all competitions and have seen the departure of two squad players already this month in Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo.
Only one goal separated the two sides at Old Trafford as Juan Mata superbly chipped over Wolves’ backup goalkeeper John Ruddy in the 67th-minute.
Following the full-time whistle, Judah tweeted his thoughts…
Jimenez looks goosed to me
Desperately needs a break – but he's going to keep on playing until there's another option.
Cutrone scored tonight, but not for #wwfc
If he wasn't up to it, fine – BUT you have to get someone in
We saw the drop off in Raul last season – worrying
— Nathan Judah (@NathanJudah) January 15, 2020
His comments are a real cause for concern at Molineux as a ‘goosed’ Raul Jimenez is a significant problem for the squad.
The 28-year-old is currently the only senior striker at the club, so their goalscoring exploits lie solely in his hands. He has played 34 times in all competitions, scoring 17 goals as well as providing nine assists, per Transfermarkt.
Judah references the Mexican’s drop off in form last season, where he only scored once in their final eight matches, but this time around a similar consequence is likely to be far great as the side have been competing on all fronts up until this defeat.
Wolves had to endure a gruelling Europa League qualification campaign before a ball had even been kicked in the top-flight, unlike the rest of the division, and since pre-season, Jimenez has only earned one weeks’ worth of rest, which was during the last international break.
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Nuno’s lack of faith in Cutrone has somewhat played a part in this too, but the rest of their season could hinge on whether or not they make that right with additions in the attack, although they face a race against time as there are less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window.