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Garth Crooks praises Raul Jimenez and includes him in his Team of the Week

Raul Jimenez has come in for praise from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has included the striker in his Team of the Week.

The Mexican star finally broke his duck on Sunday, netting against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.

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It was a brilliant moment for the 30-year-old given what he has been through.

There were emotional scenes as he celebrated his goal – his first in the Premier League for 336 days

The hope now is that Jimenez can kick on and add to it.

His whole performance against the Saints was certainly very promising, and it led to big praise from Jermaine Jenas and Martin Keown on Match of the Day 2.

Following his showing on the south coast, Crooks included Jimenez in his latest Team of the Week.

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He said of him (via BBC Sport): “I loved this goal. He won the challenge, beat the oncoming defender, collected himself and slotted the ball past the Southampton keeper as though he wasn’t there.

Boy, have Wolves missed Raul Jimenez. I thought that last week when they played Brentford and the Mexico international missed a chance with his head and threw off his headband in anger and left it on the pitch.

“I was in no doubt at that moment that Jimenez was back mentally as well as physically.”

Jimenez definitely back mentally

Jimenez taking his headband off against Brentford was interesting.

It is clear he would much rather not be wearing it, and it’s been noticeable that he removes it as soon as he can.

That does indicate that he feels good in himself.

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Against the Saints, he put in another good physical performance, suggesting he is winning the psychological battle after what happened to him.

It’s fantastic to see, as an incident like what he went through may have badly affected other players.

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