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On this day, but 2022 was the last time striker Raúl Jiménez scored a goal in the English Premier League with Wolverhampton. Since then, the Mexican has been immersed in a spiral of injuries, substitutions and discreet performances.
It was in a 4-0 win against relegated Watford when Jiménez scored his last goal. After having been one of the most decisive attackers in the competition, the Aztec has not been able to be the same since that head injury. He now also suffers the ravages of a hip condition that has kept him out for much of the tournament.
On January 14, in a match against West Ham United, the Aztec managed to score a goal and even celebrated it, but it would later be disallowed.
However, his scoring drought is also notorious. Before the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in the Concacaf qualifiers with Mexico, Jiménez experienced a bad streak in front of the goal that cost him a few whistles and revived the debate on the return of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández.
With the Wolves he has had to be relegated to the bench, first with Bruno Lage and now with the Spanish Julen Lopetegui. However, it’s not just injuries and poor performances that have Raúl immersed in this losing streak. The English club also signed two experienced strikers in Matheus Cunha and Diego Costa.
Although this has not been a solution, since the two Brazilians have also been ineffective in front of the goal. It is no coincidence that Wolverhampton is, together with Everton, the teams with the fewest goals in the entire Premier League. The wolves have only been able to score 19 goals and have received more than twenty. The club’s top scorers are Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence with five goals and the Spanish winger Adama Traoré with two.
Although with the arrival of Lopetegui the Wolves improved and are now out of the relegation positions by being in thirteenth place with 27 points, the Spaniard was concerned about this problem in one of his last press conferences. “What worries me is the team, not just the forwards,” he said on Friday.
“Scoring is the task of the whole team. I have already talked about this many times. We are happy with the forwards, because they are working a lot. They offer different solutions to the team. Of course scoring is always good and I’m sure they will. I don’t know when, I hope soon, because it will be good for them and good for us, ”he added about it.
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