Former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle has claimed he is “surprised” that the Old Gold are unlikely to sign cover for Raul Jimenez this month.
Back in November, Wolves’ Mexican frontman suffered a fractured skull after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz (as per BBC).
Since the game against the Gunners, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has played nine matches in the Premier League, only one of which has been won and six have been lost (per Transfermarkt).
Despite the poor form since Jimenez’s injury, The Athletic’s Tim Spiers has claimed that the Old Gold are unlikely to bring in any new recruits this month during a recent episode of The Molineux View podcast.
In the latest episode of The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show, the former Wolves manager discussed how key Jimenez is for Wolves and stated he is “surprised” they are unlikely to sign cover. (22:14)
When asked if the Mexican’s absence is the cause for Wolves’ poor form, he said: “I think it is, I think it really is. No disrespect, where would Man United be without [Bruno] Fernandes over two months?
“They wouldn’t be top of the league and that’s just one player. So, I think even if he didn’t score, Jimenez, a lot revolved around his focal point – the way he played.
“One thing Wolves are very good at, they’ve got [Pedro] Neto, who goes past people. They’ve got [Adama] Traore, when he plays, on the right side – they can get crosses in.
“At the moment, they haven’t got anyone who’s going to be a threat in the air and that’s their problem.
“They do miss somebody with a bit of physical prowess and that focal point who wants to go and attack the ball coming in.
“I’m surprised that they’re not going out in this window to try and get somebody like that. It’s not easy in January, I know.”
TIF Thoughts on what Glenn Hoddle said about Raul Jimenez…
As can be seen in what the former Old Gold manager had to say, he is “surprised” that Wolves are unlikely to sign cover for Jimenez this month as he is key to how they play.
Is it essential that Wolves sign a striker this month?
No, it's not necessary
Yes, we are desperate
Certainly, it is clear to see that prior to his injury, the Mexican forward was a key performer for Wolves as he has been their sixth-best performer in the league this term (per WhoScored).
Over 10 Premier League matches, he managed to score four goals and earn a 6.91/10 average rating.
Furthermore, up to and including the Arsenal game, the Old Gold had won five of their opening 10 league games (per Transfermarkt), so, the change in form is clearly visible.
So, hopefully, for their sake, Wolves reconsider their stance on bringing in cover for Jimenez this month.