Raul Jimenez has been the main man for Wolves since they got promoted back to the English Premier League. He missed most of last season but has recovered well and has started in all the games this season. It took him six matches to score his first goal and make his first goal-scoring contribution.
Jimenez’s first shot on target came in the match against Southampton. He has attempted 15 shots in seven matches and only two of them were on target. The Mexican has made more contributions for scoring goals in the previous two matches. He also averages more than four aerial duels wins per match and has won 11 aerial duels in these two matches.
The manager has started a new signing Hee-Chan Hwang alongside Jimenez in the previous two matches. Jimenez provided two assists in the previous match against Newcastle United and both the passes were finished by Hwang. Jimenez has only made three passes to him but the xT rate is the highest when compared to other teammates. His xT value is high for three players and the other two players are Daniel Podence and Dendoncker. Jimenez has attempted 11 passes towards Joao Moutinho.
Raul Jimenez received a pass from goalkeeper Jose Sa against Southampton and he scored his only goal of the season. The Mexican has received 16 passes from left wing-back Marcal. He has also received eight passes each from right wing-back Semedo and midfielder Moutinho. The highest threat is created from passes from Marcal towards Jimenez. This is followed by the passes from Joao Moutinho which created a little bit less threat than passes from Marcal.
The first visual represents the data of the first five matches and the second picture represents the heat map of the last two matches. He has acted as a link between attack and midfield. Jimenez has dropped a lot and his favourite area has been the centre circle. In the last two matches, Hwang has played alongside him and Jimenez has played as a secondary striker. He has taken fewer touches in the opposition box and his heatmap shows that he has been involved in plays outside the opposition box.
The above viz shows the pass map of Raul Jimenez in the last two matches. In the previous picture, we saw the heatmap of Raul Jimenez. His passes also give us a clear image of how he has dropped and linked up the play. He has been involved in the play towards the centre and sometimes towards the left side of the attack.
Bruno Lage changed his tactics and that has allowed Raul Jimenez to contribute more towards scoring goals. The Wolves forward has looked sharp but lacked that goalscoring touch. Wolves fans would be expecting that their striker continues his good format and give more goal contributions.