Wolves slipped to a third defeat of the Premier League season yesterday, with Leicester City taking all three points at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes took the lead through a Jamie Vardy penalty after referee Anthony Taylor reviewed Max Kilman’s handball on the pitch-side monitor.
Vardy then missed a second spot-kick after Rayan Ait-Nouri had fouled James Justin in the area.
It was another slow start by Wolves, who – despite there only being a one-goal difference – couldn’t get back on terms as the issues of previous weeks began to resurface.
There seemed to be no cohesion, invention or urgency in Wolves’ play.
Leicester were impressively organised, but Wolves arguably didn’t test Brendan Rodgers side enough for the attacking quality that was on the pitch.
One thing that is now becoming quite the concern, is the way Raul Jimenez is lacking involvement in games.
The Mexican may have four goals so far this season, but he is nowhere near the top of his game and it could be that the system and new style isn’t benefitting him at all.
Jimenez is one of the best players outside of the traditional ‘Big Six’. He is a superb all-round striker with physical and technical quality, but yesterday he was virtually anonymous.
He didn’t have a single shot at goal yesterday and according to Sofascore he had just 45 touches (most of these in unthreatening areas), which was bettered by 15 other players in the match.
He’s been quiet in a lot of the games so far, which has sometimes been skipped over because he’s grabbed a goal.
Better support for Jimenez needed
Given the lack of service, £30 million signing Jimenez (BBC Sport) is often starting to come deep in search of the ball, which isn’t really where you want a player of his finishing ability.
Perhaps it could be time to get someone right up top with him in a partnership. Maybe change to a 3-5-2, with Daniel Podence or Pedro Neto alongside him or even given Fabio Silva a chance from the start.
Right now, Wolves have a dangerous weapon in their team that just isn’t being utilised as best it could.