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Dave Edwards: Jimenez starting to look like the player of two years ago for Wolves

Dave Edwards has praised Raul Jimenez for his improvement at Wolves recently.

The number nine has started to see more minutes of late, after getting back to full fitness.

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It had been a frustrating campaign for the Mexican, with a groin injury sidelining him for a few months.

He battled to be fit for the World Cup, and was ultimately only able to make a few cameo appearances out in Qatar.

But Jimenez has come back for Wolves and finally seems to be somewhere near full fitness.

So far, he’s made five appearances under Julen Lopetegui, two of which have been starts.

Against West Ham United on Saturday, Jimenez was back on the bench, but came on and showed some good linkup play. He also held the ball up really well in the late stages of the game.

He scored his third goal of the season against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. He then thought he’d got his fourth against West Ham, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

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Without doubt Jimenez has been improving under Lopetegui, and Edwards has suggested he could be the answer for Wolves moving forwards.

He said (Express & Star): “The one promising thing is the recent performance of Raul Jimenez, leading up to this January transfer window it looked like his head was elsewhere, and he was going to be moved on.

“But recently he has started to look like he was a couple of years ago. I have spoken about Wolves having players available off the bench and a stronger squad, he has come on and made a real difference.

“He offered Wolves an outlet, he gave the centre-half a hard time, and he was so close to getting his goal too, with a lovely finish that was just offside. Maybe, if Raul keeps improving then he is the answer. I hope Julen Lopetegui can get the best out of him like other managers have not been able to.”

Raul Jimenez is improving for Wolves, he simply cannot be offloaded this month

Jimenez is definitely looking better and sharper for Wolves the more he plays.

There’s a way to go before we can start talking about him being the player of a couple of years ago.

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But we are perhaps seeing signs that he could eventually get there.

The player has been linked with a move away from Molineux this month. But it would be a foolish decision to offload him.

He’s still the best out-and-out centre forward at the club. Potentially, he can have a big role to play in helping guide Wolves away from danger.