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How Raúl Jiménez etched his name into Wolves’ history books vs Newcastle

How Raúl Jiménez etched his name into Wolves’ history books vs Newcastle

Raúl Jiménez parks himself in Wolves’ history books

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won their third match in their last four Premier League outings under new manager Bruno Lage today, edging out Steve Bruce’s floundering Newcastle 2-1 at Molineux.

A brace from summer loan signing Hee-chan Hwang sealed all three points for the Portuguese manager, and the result saw Wolves climb into the top-half of the table subject to results from Arsenal, Tottenham, and Leicester City.

But the day belonged to 30-year-old Mexican international Raúl Jiménez, who has come back strong in the Premier League 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.

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His brace of assists today in front of the home support cemented his name in Wolves’ history books, as he became the first player to be directly involved in 50-goals for the club in the Premier League.

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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 were many that feared the worst when Raúl Jiménez clashed heads with David Luiz 15-minutes into proceedings at the Emirates last season.

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 4, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

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.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 12 26 29
2 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
3 Manchester City 12 19 26
4 West Ham United 12 9 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
9 Manchester United 12 -1 17
10 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
11 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
12 Everton FC 12 -3 15
13 Leicester City 12 -5 15
14 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
15 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4