For the ninth game in a row now, the £18m-rated Willian Jose failed to score for Wolves. Despite playing 665 minutes for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side the Brazilian is still to net his first goal for the club (via Transfermarkt).
He said: “I thought against Liverpool he was much better than in recent weeks, but still not offering exactly what Wolves need in Jimenez’s absence. He can be strong, he can be good in the air, keep possession pretty well in the final third.
“But he’s just not got that all-round game that Jimenez offers, and it is a shame because he made such a strong start – I thought he was great at Crystal Palace on his debut. But the weeks in between that and the Liverpool game, just not quite showing enough. I think he’s struggled to get used to the intensity of the league, to be honest.”
Should Wolves sign Willian Jose permanently?
Wolves have only managed to find the back of the net on seven occasions in their last 10 Premier League games which has seen Espirito Santo’s side fail to climb up the table as they sit just nine points above the drop zone (via Premier League).
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The absence of Jimenez has hit Wolves particularly hard this season with the strikers playing in his place not offering the same output as he has over his years with Wolves. After previously being linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves may have thought they were signing a striker who would be able to cut it in the Premier League, however, that has simply not been the case, with Jose not scoring since arriving in January.