Exclusive: Darren Bent drools over 'intelligent' Wolves player after 'disappointing' draw
Darren Bent drooled over Wolves attacker Raul Jimenez despite admitting the forward’s side suffered a “disappointing” result by only drawing with Southampton on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa attacker heaped praise on Jimenez and listed off several aspects of the forward’s game that he likes.
The 28-year-old did get on the scoresheet against the Saints from the penalty spot, but he notably had two goals disallowed by VAR in the first 45 minutes of the match.
Bent backed Jimenez to be a key player for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side going forward and admitted he wasn’t as worried about their chances of success this season despite them only managing a draw on Saturday.
“Jimenez is a very good player I know he was linked to a few other teams but chose to stay at Wolves,” Bent told Football Insider.
“What I like about him is that he is quick, he is direct, works for the team, he got his goal yesterday with the penalty, he works really hard and he’s intelligent, which is something I really like about him, and he always knows how to get goals.
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“And it was a disappointing day for Wolves as they should have got that win but people were worried about them at the start of the season, I was one of them as I wasn’t sure if the squad was big enough to deal with Europe and the Premier League but at the minute, Nuno seems to have got it right.
“He’s got his key players playing well and Jimenez is going to be key.”
Jimenez has scored nine goals in 17 appearances across all competitions this season and has also registered three assists in his outings.
The Mexico international joined Wolves on a permanent basis in the summer after spending his 2018/19 campaign on loan with the club and is contracted to stay at Molineux until 2023.