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Dave Edwards insists Wolves must sign a striker even if Raul Jimenez's form picks up

Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards believes it is ‘imperative’ for Molineux officials to bring in a new striker in January – even if Raul Jimenez’s form picks up.

Wanderers are the lowest scorers in the Premier League so far.

The team have scored just eight in 16 games, which is a shocking return considering the calibre of attacking players in the squad.

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In recent days, Wolves have been linked to a couple of players from La Liga that Julen Lopetegui knows about.

Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid is said to be someone the new Wolves boss is keen on. The pair worked together briefly at the Berbabeu.

And most recently, there have been reports about interest in Matheus Cunha.

Wolves are in talks with Atleti over the Brazilian, who has struggled for game time this season.

Goalscoring has been a long-standing issue now at Wolves.

Wolves have tended to be a bit goal-shy since their return to the top-flight. But things have gotten worse since the awful head injury to Jimenez

The 31-year-old has really struggled since returning from the incident that almost killed him in November 2020.

He finished last season with six goals to his name, but has not scored this term, having been restricted to just four appearances.

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It is possible Jimenez could improve following the arrival of Lopetegui, but Edwards believes that even if that proves to be the case, Wolves need extra firepower.

He said in his latest Express & Star column: “I’m hopeful Raul Jimenez, after having some minutes in the World Cup, will come back in better shape. But even if he does we still need more options.

“It’s about not just improving the squad, but the XI, and starting to be more effective.

“To me it is imperative a striker comes in and is fit and available for the starting XI from the first minute.”

Dave Edwards is right, Wolves must sign another striker even if Raul Jimenez comes into form

Wolves definitely need to bring in another centre-forward in January.

Jimenez could end up scoring in the games in and around New Year. But that should not make Wolves stand still.

Since his head injury, Jimenez has been unable to sustain good form for a long period.

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And with Diego Costa way past his prime, it would simply be too much of a risk to rely on the Mexican.

He might not even be with Wolves beyond January 2023. Reports have indicated that Lopetegui might be open to him leaving next month.