Wolverhampton Wanderers’ season could well hang in the balance after being knocked out of the FA Cup third round via a replay having been defeated by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
A Juan Mata strike was the only thing to separate the two teams, but for the west Midlanders, their evident struggles continued on.
It is the recent form of Raul Jimenez that epitomises exactly what needs to happen in order to get back on track, the Mexican striker has had an incredible weight on his shoulders for far too long now, and it’s becoming ever so clear.
Per SofaScore, the 28-year-old failed to score despite four attempts towards goal, he was also off with his passing registering accuracy of just 69% and won only 30% of his aerial duels.
That screams of a player that struggled to impact a game and considering he’s the only senior striker in the squad, it is all on him.
There has been talk of burnout in recent weeks, similar to that back in October before he could rest in the international break, this appears to be the case once again.
In his last three Premier League outings, Jimenez has failed to pick up a rating above 6.15, and in that run, he’s recorded eight shots without a goal to show for it and has won just one aerial duel despite winning over two per match on average, via WhoScored.
Nuno simply cannot play the £37.8m-rated forward every single game for the rest of the season. He needs help. He needs support.
This is where Fosun and Kevin Thelwell come in, they have to pull their fingers out to work some magic with just two weeks remaining in the January transfer window.
There absolutely needs to be additions, the club are still in the hunt for a top-six place in the top-flight while they have every chance of progressing further in the Europa League knockout stages.
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Wolves’ season hinges on Jimenez finding the net, if they don’t lower that burden, then they can forget about competing on all fronts.
They have it all to do now.