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Bruno Lage praises under-fire Wolves striker Raul Jimenez

Bruno Lage has praised the work of Raul Jimenez, as the Wolves striker nears the end of what has been a tricky season.

The Mexico international has experienced a difficult campaign in 2021/22, as he has tried to get a feel for the Premier League again after his horrendous injury last season.

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Jimenez returned to action for Wolves in pre-season, and was available for selection right from the start of the campaign.

While he has had some fantastic showings here and there, it has been obvious to note that he hasn’t quite been the same player post-injury.

So far, he has scored just six goals this term.

It is completely understandable that Jimenez would have some difficulties coming back from such an injury.

Really, it is a miracle he is even playing at all.

Just recently, the star has come in for a bit of criticism on social media for lacking influence in games.

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But Lage is pleased with the ace’s contributions. He said (via Shropshire Star): “The only thing that has changed is the goals he has done in the past and the goals he’s scored with us, six goals.

“I see him as a main player. The way he has played for us all season is amazing.

“The way he runs and fights for the team, that’s why he’s an important player.”

Lage did go on to suggest that Jimenez and his attacking colleagues should be looking to increase their productivity in the final third.

Raul Jimenez still highly valued by Bruno Lage despite struggles in 2021/22

It was perhaps always going to be hard for Jimenez to get back into the swing of things this season.

The injury he suffered was extremely serious and could have not only ended his playing career, but his life too.

At times, he has looked frustrated. It has seemed like he hasn’t particularly welcomed having to wear protective headgear.

Wolves fans will desperately hope he can at some point get back to his pre-injury levels.

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Lage clearly values the work he has been doing, and it’s possible he could again be leading the line next season.

Perhaps things will click for him again in a fresh campaign.