Molineux legend Steve Bull believes Raul Jimenez will return ‘sharper and better’ for Wolves in 2022/23.
The Mexico international found the going tough last season after returning from his fractured skull.
The star played the bulk of the games for Wanderers, with Bruno Lage showing unwavering faith in his number nine.
But it was a hard season for Jimenez, who often didn’t look comfortable.
He did have some really good outings but for the most-part, Jimenez cut a frustrated figure.
His touch was often much looser that usual, and he was considerably less threatening in the air. The star’s protective headgear did seem to hamper him at times.
The 31-year-old finished the campaign with six goals to his name, and there has actually been a bit of speculation Wolves could seek to cash in.
In the eyes of Wolves’ all-time top goalscorer Bull though, Jimenez will come back much improved for Wolves this season.
He wrote in his Express & Star column: “If Fabio Silva does leave we need someone to put pressure on Raul Jimenez and make him fight for his place.
“I think Raul will come back sharper and better this season, and the rest will have helped, but you still need competition there so he doesn’t get too comfortable in his position.”
Wolves are expected to go out and sign a new striker in the coming weeks.
Silva has been linked with a loan move to Anderlecht. Should the youngster depart, Jimenez would be the only option for Lage.
A number of names have been linked with Wolves in previous weeks, including Goncalo Ramos, Edin Dzeko and Haris Seferovic.
Wolves will be back in business if the Jimenez of old returns in 2022/23
Wolves fans worldwide will be hoping Bull’s prediction rings true.
It was sad to see Jimenez struggling at times last season, knowing he was one of the Premier League’s best centre-forwards before his injury.
He’s now had a full season under his belt since coming back from his horror injury.
Hopefully, it will click for him now, and we will see a version close to the player from a couple of years ago.
If Jimenez can get close to his pre-injury levels, Wanderers will be in business.