Rio Ferdinand has spoken in glowing terms about Wolverhampton Wanderers’ deadly duo Raul Jimenez and Hee-Chan Hwang following their impressive performance against Newcastle United at the weekend.

The pair linked up to devastating effect against Steve Bruce’s side, and it was the Mexican playing the role as provider for the South Korean’s two goals.

Club captain Conor Coady has already expressed the excitement the whole club feels surrounding the Hwang and Jimenez partnership.

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But the excitement is radiating beyond Wolves, and former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was impressed with the pair’s display and reserved special praise for Jimenez.

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Speaking on his FIVE podcast, Ferdinand said: “Jimenez is back, he’s looking like a top drawer player again and that’s worth a good shout out for him because he has been through a lot with his head injury.

“He’s come back now and looks like the Raul Jimenez we saw before that head injury.”

Commenting on Jimenez and Hwang’s partnership, the former England international centre-back said: “That’s a good partnership that. That’s a front two that would make you think (as a defender) that’s going to be a hard game today.

“There’s pace, guile, a bit of strength, runs in behind and both know how to hit the back of the net. That’s what I like as a two, put them upfront and say to an opposition defence if you can deal with us you’ll do well to get a result against us. I like it.”

 

Lage will want the pair to kick on

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Hwang’s brace against the Magpies ensured Bruno Lage secured his first Premier League win at Molineux ahead of the second international break of the season.

Following back-to-back wins, we are only five points off the European places.

With Hwang and Jimenez firing, there is real opportunity to build on the momentum.

With a favourable fixture list on paper until the start of December, Lage’s men can set themselves up nicely ahead of the festive period.

Having both Hwang and Jimenez in the team means we always have a chance of creating something out of nothing and that will unnerve a lot of Premier League teams.

The pair have the potential to strike up one of the league’s most devastating partnerships and if they do, European football could become a real possibility.

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