Darren Bent claims that Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is playing “below his level” at Molineux and that he is going to play a huge role in the club’s success this season.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider, says that the 28-year-old could be playing for a team with a bigger reputation than the Molineux outfit.

Jimenez established a reputation as one of the best strikers outside the top six of the Premier League last season, netting 13 goals and contributing eight assists in his 38 top-flight appearances.

Having started the current campaign in impressive form, scoring eight goals in 10 appearances across all competitions, Bent says that Jimenez offers more than just a goal threat when leading the line and that Wolves can consider themselves lucky to have him on their books.

Asked about his form early in the season, Bent told Football Insider: “It’s massive, that sets up your whole season. I’ve had that before where you hit the ground running and everything just sort of falls into place because you’re used to hitting the back of the net.

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“He’s going to be massive for them not only for his goals but for the way he brings players into the game and I really like him. He’s playing a little bit below his level, he could play at a top side.” 

Jimenez netted six goals in as many games during Wolves’ Europa League qualification campaign, while he has two in four in the Premier League since the start of the season.

He initially arrived at Molineux on a loan deal from Benfica last summer, turning his temporary switch permanent a year later.

In other Wolves news, Bent has told Football Insider that one talented star at Molineux needs specialist attention on the training ground.