Frustration is the motto by which Wolverhampton Wanderers have often lived in the last 12 months.
Nuno Santo’s final campaign with the Old Gold was full of it as they were rocked by countless injury blows before finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League for the first time since being promoted.
That was all capped off by the Portuguese manager leaving after a rift with the club’s owners over transfers.
Bruno Lage has replaced him, and although their luck on the injury front is beginning to change, results are still poor.
Wolves have played some vibrant attacking football this season but they have still only recorded three points and scored two goals in their first five matches. Four games have been and gone without Lage’s men even troubling the scoreboard and it’s beginning to get worrying.
Marcal’s clumsy defending led to an Ivan Toney penalty in the first half against Brentford on Satuday, and from then on, there was no recovering.
The biggest sign of frustration came from Raul Jimenez. So often a man who leads by example in this Wolves side, his performances under the new boss have been a concern.
However, we must keep some crucial factors in our minds. The Mexican’s career could quite easily be over after a sickening clash of heads with David Luiz last season, while the Wolves frontline isn’t exactly supplying him with much.
The fact that he’s scored no goals this term is not just down to him but the likes of Adama Traore and Trincao, who haven’t quite sprung into action this term.
Jimenez struggled significantly on Saturday in their 2-0 defeat, though, so much so that he threw his protective headgear on the ground and played out the remaining minutes without it.
Wolves’ team doctors and physiotherapists will have been scared for the forward, but after missing a headed opportunity that he’d usually take in his sleep, few can blame him for getting angry.
Their star man was provided with a delightful cross late in the game and his leap to win the ball was quite incredible, but with the goal at his mercy, he put a golden chance wide of the target.
It was a poor miss and one which would have surely rippled the net before a fractured skull ended his 2020/21 campaign early.
What was most worrying, though, was his inability to show for the ball. Jimenez had fewer touches (30) of the ball than Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa (36), while he completed just 14 passes during his time on the field.
Furthermore, the Mexico international was surprisingly off the pace when it came to winning physical duels. That’s usually one of his biggest strengths but it deserted him at Molineux this weekend, winning only 18.1% of the duels he contested.
Jimenez will no doubt improve, but at the moment you do have to worry about his and the team’s form.