Raúl Jiménez parks himself in Wolves’ history books
Wolves won their third match in their last four Premier League outings under new manager Bruno Lage today, edging out Steve Bruce’s foundering Newcastle 2-1 at the Molineux.
A brace from summer loan signing Hee-chan Hwang from RB Leipzig sealed all three points for the Portuguese manager, and the result saw Wolves climb into the top-half of the table subject to results for Arsenal, Tottenham, and Leicester City.
But the day belonged to 30-year-old Mexican international Raúl Jiménez, who has come back strong in the current Premier League season after suffering a devastating injury last term when his skull was fractured against Arsenal. Jiménez went on to miss 227-days for Wolves but has featured in every single minute of action this term.
Raúl Jiménez’s game by numbers vs. Newcastle:
8 duels won
3 chances created
He’s back. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/OaohqGC9Y2
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 2, 2021
His brace of assists today in front of the home support cemented his name in Wolves’ history books when he became the first player for the club to be directly involved in 50-goals in the Premier League.
Raul Jimenez is the first player to be directly involved in 50 Premier League goals for Wolves:
⚽️ 35 goals
🅰️ 15 assists
A half-century for the Mexican pic.twitter.com/FG5Ax8J1PC
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) October 2, 2021
Though his former partner in crime Diogo Jota is no longer plying his trade in the West Midlands, Jiménez remains an incredibly influential figure in the team despite being under new management.
An injury nightmare to forget
“Unfortunately, my first thought was that he had died. I didn’t see him react on the screen, normally when players fall and get hurt, you see a reaction, that’s when you know if they’re pretending or not.
But I didn’t see anything, I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t see his eyes, it was one of the most horrible feelings in life.” – Daniela Basso; partner of Raúl Jiménez in quotes courtesy of Marca.
For a moment, there are many that thought the worst when Raúl Jiménez clashed heads with David Luiz 15-minutes into proceedings at the Emirates last season.
Jiménez, who suffered a fractured skull that resulted in bleeding in the brain, was told by doctors that he was lucky to be alive let alone back playing the game that he loves.
“Since the beginning, they were really supportive with me. The skull fracture took a little bit longer than we all expected to heal and it really is a miracle for me to be here with you.
I never thought about finishing my career or stopping playing. There was a chance of that, but I was always confident I was going to return.” – Raúl Jiménez; quotes courtesy of SkySports.