Wolverhampton Wanderers first season back in the top flight of English football has been nothing short of spectacular. They are currently fighting for a top 7 finish and a crucial part of their season has been Mexican forward Raul Jimenez.
With three games left on the season Jimenez has scored 17 goals and has made seven assists across all competitions setting a new Wolves’ Premier League single-season goalscoring record with 13. The milestone belonged to Steven Fletcher. Jimenez’s 17 goals is seven more goals than Diego Jota who is second on Wolves’ top scorer list. Jimenez is averaging 205 minutes per goals this season which is a goal every two to three games which for his first season in English football is not bad at all.
5 – The most Premier League assists exclusively for one player:
Diogo Jota to Raúl Jiménez – 5
Aki Riihilahti to Andrew Johnson – 4
Geoff Cameron to Peter Crouch – 4
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He was initially a loan singing but earlier this month it was announced that Wolves would make the signing permanent for a club record of £30 million.
Wolves have been a tough team to play against all year, especially for the top six teams. Jimenez has scored against Spurs twice, Chelsea twice whilst also getting assists against Arsenal and Manchester United. He was also influential in Wolves reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup with scoring goals in four of the six games in their cup run including goals against Liverpool and Manchester United.
“I came here to score goals and I’m very proud to now be part of the history of this amazing club. I want to keep doing the same and keep scoring goals.”
Even though the plaudits have gone to the players who are fighting for the title such as Virgil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling and deservedly so, it should not fly under the radar how good of a season Wolves and Jimenez has had because at 27 years old, there is plenty more this player has to offer.
Every team needs a goal scorer but it can be often hard to find a good one for a good price, but even though Wolves have had to break their transfer record judging by his first season it seems to be worth it. But there has been many one season wonders in the Premier League before, so will it be possible for Wolves and Jimenez to replicate such a good season?