Former Republic of Ireland international and now pundit, Clinton Morrison, has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers fans shouldn’t get too carried away with the current form of striker Raul Jimenez, and it’ll be incredibly difficult for him to keep up his current form levels as the 2019/20 campaign progresses.
With Jimenez away on international duty with Mexico again owing to the international break, it was a shorter summer for him but it certainly hasn’t affected his form so far this year as he’s found the back of the net eight times across ten appearances in all competitions so far this year.
Speaking to Sky Sports via the Birmingham Mail, although Morrison felt that our Mexican star would continue to be a key player for us, he felt it would be ‘very hard’ for him to maintain this kind of goalscoring form for the remainder of the campaign.
“A lot of onus is on Jimenez, who I think is a brilliant striker. I have watched him. He has played a lot of football as well so far. He played international football, Mexico, they got to the final and won that. Then he has come back and played in the Europa League. And Thursday, Sunday is very hard for a professional, in particular a striker who is playing week in, week out.”
I can see the sense in what Morrison says, especially with international breaks to factor in and the additional travelling, because he’ll naturally hit a low point in front of the net and fatigue may well become an issue, but that’s where the medical and science staff, along with head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, will just have to be on the ball when it comes to training and rest periods.
I would imagine the summer signing of Patrick Cutrone will figure in finding that balance to reduce the pressure on Jimenez anyway. But in this form, he won’t not want to play anyway, so it won’t be a major issue in my mind.