Raul Jimenez is heading back to Wolves after Mexico crashed out of the World Cup at the group stages.
El Tri failed to advance to the knockout stages, despite beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 last night in their final game.
Argentina beat Poland 2-0, but Mexico had needed a 3-0 win over the Saudi’s as they were heading out of competition by virtue of picking up more yellow cards.
Both games were 2-0 going into the final minutes.
But Mexico couldn’t find another goal, and instead, Saudi Arabia scored right at the death to break their hearts.
It is the first time in 44 years that Mexico have gone out of the World Cup in the group stages.
Head coach Tata Martino said after the game that he would be stepping down, and he has come in for a lot of criticism from the local media.
Ultimately, Mexico were just not good enough in the games against Poland and Argentina.
One of the sticks now being used to beat him with is the decision to include Jimenez in his final 26-man squad for the tournament.
Jimenez had been battling to be fit for the tournament for weeks.
He ended up making three substitute appearances for his country in Qatar, and it was clear he wasn’t 100%.
ESPN MX rated Mexico’s players last night and gave short descriptions of each.
Jimenez wasn’t on the field long enough to be given a rating, but the publication said: “He should not have attended the World Cup. If he had been ashamed, he should have accepted that he was not one hundred percent and left his place to another player.”
Some felt as though Santiago Gimenez should have made the final squad instead.
The 21-year-old scored five goals in five games for Cruz Azul, before transferring to Feyenoord where he’s since scored six goals in 18 appearances.
The Raul Jimenez World Cup situation has been a bit of a disaster, but everyone must now move on
So Jimenez is now heading back to Wolverhampton having made just a few cameo appearances out in Qatar.
Clearly he just wasn’t ready in time, otherwise he would have been starting as he is their talisman.
It is understandable the Mexican media are now questioning Martino’s decision.
The younger Gimenez has been in great form in 2022/23 and essentially missed out because of Martino’s hope over Jimenez.
Some Wolves fans have not been happy about the situation. The communication over it and the optics have not been good.
But it needs forgetting about now, and Jimenez needs to get himself fully right ready to help Wolves pull away from danger.