Raul Jimenez – Premier League’s most pleasant surprise

The Mexican striker is one of the most pleasant surprises in the Premier League this season, and we would like to talk about him in this article.

Raul Jimenez started his career in his home country – Mexico. He is a graduate of the Club America Youth Academy and made his debut for the club in October 2011.

The youngster scored 36 goals during his 2 and a half years in the Liga MX, establishing himself as one of the hottest prospects in North America.

He made his debut for the Mexican national team in 2013 and has played 71 games since then, netting 17 goals.

Atletico Madrid noted his excellent performances and signed the Mexican striker in August 2014 for a reported fee of €11 million.

However, his first season in Europe was a total disaster. Jimenez netted only one goal in 27 appearances for the Colchoneros, which was not enough to convince Diego Simeone to give him another chance.

The striker moved to Benfica in 2015, even though he had five years left on his contract with Atleti. Raul still couldn’t find his best form in Portugal, but at least he was scoring.

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He scored 31 goals in his three seasons at Estadio da Luz, winning two successive Primera Liga titles in 2016 and 2017. He also won the Taca de Liga in 2016 and Taca de Portugal in 2017, as well as two Supertaca Candido de Oliveira (Portuguese Super Cup) trophies.

In June 2018 it was announced that Jimenez had become Nuno Espirito Santo’s first signing of the summer on a season-long loan. Making his debut in Wolves’ opening day Premier League fixture against Everton, Jimenez scored in a 2-2 draw.

The Mexican finally started to fulfil his full potential. He is one of the most constant players in the Wolverhampton squad and definitely one of the best signings in the summer of 2018.

Jimenez has scored 12 goals and noted 7 assists in the Premier League so far, which are excellent numbers given the fact he is playing his first season in English football, for a newly-promoted side.

But it’s not just his goals that have helped fire Wolves into seventh place in the league. It is his fighting spirit and never give up attitude that make him stand out.

The 27-year old has shined in the FA Cup as well. He scored against Liverpool and Manchester United, helping his club to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1998.

They face Watford for the place in the final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

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