Injury expert: Jimenez handed 'massive' boost after what I've seen from Wolves
Ben Dinnery has suggested Raul Jimenez could use his goal for Wolves against Southampton as a platform to return to his best.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the injury expert who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine insisted the strike is a “massive” psychological boost for Jimenez.
The Mexico international only returned to action at the beginning of the season after fracturing his skull last November.
He failed to find the net in the opening five games this season but opened his account in trademark style in the 2-0 win over Southampton.
“It was certainly a career-threatening, the severity of that injury,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“A lot of talk from people in and around the club has been eulogising about Raul Jimenez and his progress for a long, long time now.
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“They were almost holding him back at points. Towards the back end of last season, there was some talk Raul Jimenez would have been involved in those closing games, that never came to fruition but the player was very, very keen to be involved. He was pushing that forward.
“Psychologically, it’s almost as if the general feeling is that he is of such a strong mindset that he’s just able to focus on his game. Yes, he’s not going to forget about what’s happened, because I’m not sure you ever could.
“The team there have been working with him really well. They’ve progressed from just getting him used to a ball. They started with heading him sponge balls just to get him used to the feel and give him the belief that he is in a position to head a ball in a game and progressed gradually.
“Psychologically, it’s huge, it’s massive. In terms of his performances on the pitch, maybe it’s not reflected how good his attributes are. As a striker, people will measure his performance by goals and assists. His underlying stats in terms of linking the play have just been brilliant and he’s just been missing that goal.
“We’ve seen a slightly different Raul Jimenez this season than before. Whether that’s because of the tactics of Bruno Lage or maybe it’s a different mindset where he drops a little bit deeper to link the play.
“It was a fantastic goal, a brilliant finish. Not just Wolves supporters, but everyone in football generally was willing to see him get that one goal. Hopefully, that will be used as a platform and a stepping stone for him to continue.
“He’s such a focal point and a big player for that Wolves team. Fingers crossed we’re going to see the best of Raul Jimenez from this point going forward.”