Raul Jimenez is doing Wolves a favour with stance on permanent move

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Wolverhampton Wanderers are being linked with a £30million deal for Raul Jimenez.

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on...

Raul Jimenez arrived on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer as something of a gamble.

The Mexican forward had struggled to get into Benfica's first team for years - and Atletico Madrid's before that, but Wolves clearly felt they could get more out of Jimenez. And so it has proven. 

Now it's reported by Portuguese outlet O Jogo that Wolves want to make the move permanent by meeting the £30m buy-out fee said to be in his contract - and the Mirror has suggested that Jimenez's teammates are also convinced that he's worth that kind of money.

 

Jimenez, however, is being coy about a permanent move to Wolves.

“It’s too early [to think about a permanent move]," he said, according to the Mirror. “I have to do the things I’m doing, help the team to get good results. At the end of the season, we’ll see what happens.”

While Jimenez may not be on the same page as everyone else, he is probably doing Wolves a favour with his stance on the move. £30m may not get you quite as much as it did ten years ago, but it's still a big chunk of money.

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on...

Spending that money on the wrong player will inevitably set you back and it's probably a lot safer to give Jimenez a full season before deciding he's definitely the one - we've seen plenty of players start well and then fade badly over the years.

We're not even halfway through his first season at Molineaux and as good as he's been, remaining patient is the sensible thing to do.

Since moving to Europe in 2014, Jimenez has never scored into double figures.

For that reason, Jimenez may be doing the club a favour by not allowing them to jump the gun.

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 with Morgan Gibbs-White of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between...

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