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Wolves: Farmer could save club millions as future Jimenez replacement

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has had a difficult season in front of goal this campaign, having scored just five goals in 25 Premier League appearances so far – and at 30-years-old, if the Mexican striker doesn’t return to scoring goals regularly soon, the club may look to replace him in the future.

However, manager Bruno Lage has backed the forward to come through the drought, and for the time being, he is putting his faith in the former Atletico Madrid and Benfica striker.

Lage said: “A guy who comes [back] from what happened to him [fractured skull injury], if he can pass this moment, he will pass this moment without scoring goals,” said Lage.

Will Jimenez return to goalscoring form at Wolves?

Yes, goals will soon flow again!

Yes, goals will soon flow again!

No, Lage will need to drop him soon!

No, Lage will need to drop him soon!

“We were talking about this before the Tottenham game and he scored. Tell me about one team in the world where we are not talking about strikers when they go two or three games without scoring goals.”

With him turning 31 at the end of the season, his years as the number one striker at Molineux could soon come to a natural end anyway – particularly with the likes of Owen Farmer coming through in the youth academy and showing some very encouraging signs regarding his development in the last year or so.

The Englishman, described as a “prodigious talent“, was named in the Guardian’s Next Generation 2021 list – a yearly list that names one exciting young talent to keep an eye out for from each Premier League club.

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Wolves academy coach Steve Davis has previously praised Farmer’s versatility as a forward – with the 17-year-old being deployed anywhere across a front-three and as a second-striker in a front-two.

Davis said: “Owen seems to be better playing off somebody rather than a lone central role. He’s better coming off the side and playing off the front with somebody, he tends to link well with his other centre-forward.”

He also hailed the forward as someone who is capable of scoring “poacher’s goals”, something that Jimenez is well accustomed to doing himself.

Farmer’s gradual progression from the U18s team – for whom he has made seven goal contributions in the U18 Premier League in nine appearances, to the U23 team, next season means he should be in line for a few potential appearances off the bench in cup games – or potentially even a start should he impress in pre-season.

As a result, given that it is unlikely that Wolves will be looking for an immediate replacement for Jimenez, the teenager could just save the club millions on replacing him.

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