Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage has spoken about Raul Jimenez after his superb performance against Southampton today.
The Mexican striker finally opened his account for the season with a brilliant goal at St. Mary’s Stadium in a 1-0 victory.
There were scenes of jubilation from the away end after Jimenez got the better of the two Southampton centre-backs before slotting calmly past Alex McCarthy.
He had been waiting for this moment for some time, following the months spent recovering from his fractured skull.
The goal comes pretty much one year on from his last in the Premier League, which came in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.
He’s had a number of chances so far this term, but Lage knew a goal was in the offing for his number nine.
Following the fantastic performance from Jimenez, Lage said: “It means a lot to Raul. What we want from a striker like him is goals. But as a manager, every time I look at the things he gives to our team.
“You can see the way he presses, you can see the way he links the game, and we want to see him score goals, especially for Raul, with what happened to him and the long journey he’s had in his recovery. The fans will sing his song because they want good things from him.
“I never put pressure on him to score goals because the way I saw Raul every time in the training, the way he worked for the team, the goal was only a question of time, and the goal has now come.”
The floodgates could now open
It is the thing every Wolves fan wanted to see.
Jimenez getting himself back on the scoresheet in the Premier League could be huge for him going forwards.
It should do wonders for his confidence, and hopefully there are many more to come from him.
Lage clearly thinks very highly of Jimenez and hopefully, that belief from the manager can also see him reach his previous levels.