Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage reportedly wanted to work with Raul Jimenez ‘for a while’ before eventually being able to do so.
The 45-year-old is now ready to embark on his first season at Molineux following a productive pre-season.
It’s been an invaluable last few weeks for the new head coach.
And someone else this period has been really important for, is striker Jimenez following his terrible injury last season.
Jimenez has looked very sharp in recent games, and fans ought to be very excited about having him back in the starting XI.
The Athletic yesterday reported on Jimenez’s journey back to fitness.
The article features quotes from Lage about the 30-year-old, and it seems he has been waiting to work with the star.
He said: “I talked to Raul on the first day (I arrived). The first thing to do was to give him a lot of confidence.
“He can do everything. It’s been a long process for him, I’ve just come towards the end. I think (he is ready for Leicester). He is confident. I hope he can help us to be a stronger team.”
It’s explained that Lage created a profile of striker he wanted at Benfica, following the sale of Joao Felix.
When he presented it to director of football Rui Costa, he was told that that kind of player had already left the club in Jimenez.
Lage and Jimenez to get Wolves back on track?
Jimenez has looked great in pre-season, and hopefully he is able to hit the ground running in 2021/22.
Of course, the intensity is about to step up now following pre-season. With that in mind, he may need a bit of time to build momentum.
But after the struggles of last season when he was absent, optimism is high for 2021/22.
Lage is clearly a big fan and hopefully, the decisions he makes can be geared towards getting the most out of his talisman.