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Wolves striker Jimenez struggles in Watford defeat

Raul Jimenez struggled for Wolves as they lost 2-1 to Watford on New Year’s Day.

On the chalkboard

Nigel Pearson’s resurgent Hornets secured an impressive win at Vicarage Road thanks to goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Pedro Neto scored a second-half goal to give Nuno Espirito Santo’s side hope of a comeback but none was forthcoming.

Jimenez, up front, struggled throughout the encounter and one has to wonder if that played a key role in the defeat.

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Per WhoScored, he had just 28 touches of the ball throughout the game, fewer than any other outfield player on his side.

He did have four shots on goal but none were on target, while he completed just one dribble.

Jimenez also failed to win an aerial duel and was dispossessed once.

To look at the stats is to see that Jimenez had two efforts from range, while one, from inside the box, was blocked and another saw him pull it wide.

Too dependent

Wolves really need Jimenez to be on form.

He is their out-and-out striker and is clearly an exceptional talent, given that he has scored eight goals and provided six assists in all competitions this season.

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However, they have won just three times when he has not been on the scoresheet and one of those victories, against Manchester City, saw him provide two assists in a 2-0 win.

He is vital to the way Wolves play and to the way they attack – he can ill-afford to keep being as passive as he was on Wednesday.

It was ultimately a poor result and a poor performance from the Mexico international; the two things, though, tend to go hand in hand.

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