Raul Jimenez's failure at Benfica can be perfect for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux on April 28, 2018...

Raul Jimenez filled a role he wasn't supposed to at Benfica but it could be a dream one for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Benfica's forward Raul Jimenez from Mexico celebrates scoring Benfica third goal during the match between SL Benfica and VSC Guimaraes at Estadio Municipal de Aveiro on August 05, 2017 in...

Wolverhampton Wanderers completed the signing of Benfica's Raul Jimenez on Tuesday, initially on loan.

Jimenez becomes the latest player managed by 'super agent' Jorge Mendes to arrive at Molineux and does so having not set the world alight in Portugal.

Neither did he manage to do so in Spain with Atletico Madrid - in fact, his goal record since moving to Europe has been subpar, scoring just the once in 21 La Liga games and never managing more than seven in Liga NOS.

Raul Jimenez of Club Atletico de Madrid races past Samuel Castillejo of Malaga CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Malaga CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on...

But things were difficult in Benfica as the lead role up top is always going to be the incredible Jonas, whose scoring rate over the last two seasons would have kept out virtually any striker in the planet.

Jimenez found himself struggling for starts behind the Brazilian who scored 34 goals in just 30 league games, leaving the Mexican to make 29 of his appearances this year from the bench.

Benfica's forward Jonas from Brasil with Portuguese Super Cup trophy after the match between SL Benfica and VSC Guimaraes at Estadio Municipal de Aveiro on August 05, 2017 in Lisbon,...

And so, naturally, that's where he got his goals and assists from this season, notching four league goals and five assists as a substitute.

Those aren't numbers that will blow anyone away but it does suggest that Jimenez can play a very interesting role for Wolves, even if he doesn't assert himself in the starting lineup.

If Wolves have found a player they can rely on to make an impact from the bench up to ten times a season, they'll have something that most Premier League sides don't have, let alone newly promoted ones.

Benfica's Mexican forward Raul Jimenez (C) vies with Sporting's defender Ruben Semedo (L) and midfielder Adrien Silva during the Portuguese league football match SL Benfica vs Sporting CP...

The ideal situation here is that Jimenez thrives as a starting player, racking up goals and proving Benfica wrong for doubting him, although it does look more likely that he'll play a squad role at an ambitious Wolves.

But that's okay - more than okay, really, as having that kind of player in your arsenal is few and far between at this level. It could just prove to be Wolves' secret weapon.

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