Raul Jimenez is the man of the moment, after he scored his first Premier League goal in almost a year yesterday.

The Mexican finally got on the scoresheet, netting in the 1-0 win over Southampton.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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It was a fantastic goal from the 30-year-old, as he outmuscled Jan Bednarek to get onto Jose Sa’s kick.

He then cut inside Mohammed Salisu, before sitting the flailing Bednarek down and finishing.

It was a goal of the highest quality and one that packed an emotional punch.

Jimenez had been waiting patiently for that moment after his horror injury last term, and the football world was delighted for him.

He was the subject of praise from both Jermaine Jenas and Martin Keown on Match of the Day 2 last night.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Jenas raved: “Absolute superstar. Having been what he’s been through. If we’re honest, he’s kind of started the season, understandably, a little bit tentatively.

“Today was like a culmination of those performances and working hard. He was absolutely brilliant today. He’s the difference for Wolves. He is a top-class player.”

 

Keown added: “He is a beast to play against. He was aggressive today. He has my respect.

“We know the knowledge of head injuries now, the impact of that. He’s carrying a lot. That goal today was really important to him.”

Keown makes a good point

As good as Jimenez was yesterday in terms of linking the play, he really was a physical menace which was just fantastic to see.

He was constantly getting stuck in, throwing himself about and challenging for headers.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

To play in such a way, after going through what he did, is extremely admirable.

He does not seem fazed or intimidated, and it is truly a wonderful sight.

As many people have said, the goal, and the nature of how he took it, will hopefully now give him major confidence moving forwards.

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