Wolverhampton Wanderers’ legend Steve Bull has been speaking about the one thing missing from our performances under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo – but he’s far from concerned as he feels it will be being addressed by the club.
Having already praised the general work rate of striker Raul Jimenez and having encouraged him to show more hunger in front of goal in the Mexican press as previously covered.
His column in the E&S this weekend again centred around the Mexican international, but he did pivot in his thoughts a little stating that if Jimenez is to play the Andy Mutch role, then it’s down to others to provide the goals.
“For me there’s a very good team at Nuno Espirito Santo’s disposal but I would like to see him bring another striker in to help out Raul Jimenez. I like Jimenez a lot – he reminds me of Andy Mutch is that he’s unselfish, he holds the ball up well and he’s a proper team player. That fits into the Nuno ethos – he wants team players, not individuals. But if Jimenez is playing the Andy Mutch role you need players around him to bang the goals in and that’s isn’t happening at the moment.”
With half an eye on the club bringing somebody in potentially during the January transfer window, he also felt there should already be enough at the club to provide a greater scoring threat, but obviously, Leo Bonatini needs to step up, as do others like Helder Costa, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore.
One man he did believe would soon be regular was Ivan Cavaleiro.
“All it’s missing is a few more goals. Ivan Cavaleiro has chipped in with a couple recently and he certainly knows where the goal is – I’d back him to net a few more in the coming weeks.”
You should never write players off, but I don’t see how the club won’t be looking at alternative options in January and I expect Bonatini to be the first casualty really as we look to free up and spaces and keep one eye on the finances.