Raúl Jiménez is one of the hottest names in the English Premier League today. At only 29 years of age and clearly in the prime of his career, Jiménez is on his way to completing his second full season with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are just two years removed of being crowned champions of the EFL Championship. The Mexican would go on to join head coach Nuno Espírito Santo’s squad and quickly earn a crucial starting role alongside offensive partners Diego Jota and Adama Traoré. Together, they surprised not only England, but the entire world as they showed the skill and quality of a well experienced and successful team in the Premier League. But to many people’s surprise, they had just won promotion.
Jiménez was an integral part of Wolves’ success last season, as he played in all 38 league matches, accounted for 13 goals and 8 assists. Not to mention, the team won almost half of its games and ended up 7th in the league table, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. In April of 2019, Wolves announced they would exercise their €38 million option to sign Jiménez from Benfica, and was given a four-year contract extension.
So far this season, he has played in all 32 league matches, as well as all 7 of the 9 UEFA Europa League matches the club participated in. He has 15 goals and 6 assists in the Premier League to go along with 3 goals and 3 assists in the UEFA EL. Not to mention, his club sits 5th in the league table. Absolute unreal production across the board. He hasn’t missed a single league match in his two years with the club and has maintained an unbelievable level of consistency. He has learned where to be located on the field to receive the ball, has become a deadly accurate passer, and has maintained his ability to score goals on a consistent basis. Not every day is it that we see this kind of play from a Mexican striker.
Since coming out of the COVID break, Wolves have played three matches; they have won all three and Jiménez has scored in two of them. He appears to not have missed a beat during the break, and this great showing has sparked rumors about the Mexican departing for a bigger club to continue climbing to greater heights in his career. Juventus is the latest team the star has been linked to. Would that really be in the striker’s best interests?