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Troy Deeney believes Wolves may struggle to keep Raul Jimenez

Watford Troy Deeney reckons Wolves will have trouble keeping hold of Raul Jimenez if the club doesn’t seal a top six finish this season.

The Hornets captain was speaking on talkSPORT in his new role as a pundit, placing the Mexican fourth on his list of top five Premier League number nines.

Jimenez has made a good start to 2020/21, scoring four goals so far.

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He’s proven to be a magnificent signing for the club since initially joining on loan from Benfica in the summer of 2018, scoring 48 goals and making 18 assists in 106 appearances in total.

Speaking about the 29-year-old, Deeney said: “I think he’s very good player. His work-rate across the front is remarkable. He doesn’t give the defenders a moment’s peace. He can link play, score right foot, left foot.

“I think he’s got the ability to grow and be a much better all-round player. I think Wolves will have a problem keeping him if they don’t get in the top six in the next 18 months or so.”

Deeney may be right about top-class Jimenez

One would like to think Jimenez would remain at Wolves for years to come.

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Realistically though, the £41,000-a-week star (Spotrac) has developed into a top-class striker with an all-round game that many sides in Europe would love.

He’s already been linked with a move away from Molineux, which is why Wolves really need to build on their two seventh placed finishes if they’re to keep a hold of their talisman.