Ruben Neves has pointed to the return of Raul Jimenez as a reason for Wolves fans to be optimistic going forwards.

Wolves got off to a losing start in the Premier League at the weekend against Leicester City.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

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Foxes striker Jamie Vardy again proved to be a thorn in Wolves’ side, as he got across Conor Coady at the near post to convert Ricardo Pereira’s cross.

It was classic Vardy being razor-sharp in the box, and he’ll be hugely important for them this season no doubt.

The 34-year-old remains talismanic for Leicester despite his advancing years, but Wolves also have someone in that mould.

Jimenez, badly missed last season as he recovered from his fractured skull, is vitally important to Wolves, and Neves reflected that after the game.

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

He said: “For me, to be honest, he’s one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.


“He’s a great player, so we are really lucky to have him in our team. Fortunately, he’s fit again, and he will help us a lot, I’m sure this season.”

Jimenez looks well following horror injury

Prior to his injury, Jimenez was certainly one of the most complete strikers in world football.

It remains to be seen how he’ll get on this term in comparison to previous seasons, but the early signs have been very good.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

He looked sharp in pre-season, and against Leicester he created three chances – only a handful of players created more (via The Other 14).

There is no doubt Wolves will be better off having him back in the starting XI going forwards. Hopefully, that first goal will soon come and momentum will build.

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