Last season, Wolves earned a glimpse of what life is like without Raul Jimenez.
Unfortunately for the Old Gold, it was a rather bleak sighting for supporters. They witnessed their club finish 13th in the Premier League with a distinct lack of goals plaguing their campaign.
Jimenez has been scintillating since penning terms at Molineux, netting 48 times in 110 outings.
The Mexican has been a cult hero in the Midlands, scoring a bucket load of goals on the way to lifting Wolves into the top half.
Without him, however, they faded. Jimenez sustained a fractured skull last November and hasn’t been seen since.
The after-effects will impact him for the rest of his career but fortunately, he has made a full recovery.
Though, without any match action for eight months, there is no guarantee he finds form instantly upon his return.
With Wolves’ top scorer, Pedro Neto, finding the net on just five occasions last term there is a greater need to invest in their forward area.
One player they could look towards is Youssef En-Nesyri. The print version of the Daily Star (via West Ham Zone) suggests that Bruno Lage’s men are weighing up a £35m move for the Sevilla forward.
They will face competition from the Irons but Lage must ensure his side are in pole position.
At the age of 24, En-Nesyri is yet to hit the peak of his powers but once he does, the Moroccan could dethrone the older Jimenez at Wolves.
He bagged 24 goals for the Spanish outfit last term, six of which came during the club’s Champions League run.
Like Jimenez, he is adept in the air, winning 2.5 aerial duels per match in La Liga during the 2020/21 season.
Blessed with height and athleticism, En-Nesyri has everything in his locker to be a huge threat in the Premier League.
Speaking about his progression last campaign, La Liga expert Terry Gibson commented: “My opinion, until this season, has been that one minute he looks like a world-beater, the next he looks like a novice; gangly, trips over the ball.”
Gibson added: “But, when you look at his attributes, he’s as good in the air as anyone now. Not only is he tall, he’s got that athletic ability to leap as well. He seems to really enjoy aerial challenges.
“He’s quick, he’s strong, great attitude, his finishing has improved, his first touch has improved, his movement has improved – all those things you expect players to improve on, he is doing.”
That’s a glowing review of a player destined for big things; whether that be at Wolves or with Sevilla in Spain.
Jimenez was the beacon of Nuno Santo’s tenure at Molineux but Lage must find his own legacy; En-Nesyri could help him achieve that.
He is proven in Europe’s top five leagues and is yet to reach his prime; this would be a truly exciting acquisition.