Raul Jimenez could become even better if Wolves land veteran attacker this summer – opinion

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This summer Wolves have seen two of their Championship-winning promotion heroes walk out the door with Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro heading off to pastures new.

For a side who played as few as 21 players in the Premier League last term, this is somewhat alarming.

On that evidence, Wolves need depth, particularly with Raul Jimenez at the risk of burnout following an arduous season which culminated with victory for Mexico in the Gold Cup.

However, one new signing could be particularly beneficial for him if Wolves do finally bring in some fresh faces during pre-season.

One of the names to be linked with a move is 35-year-old veteran Ricardo Quaresma.

In the video below, find out which former Chelsea star could be set to challenge Raul Jimenez as top dog at Wolves…

The Portuguese, who has 80 caps for his country, scored just three times last season in the Turkish Super Lig but still stood out despite his age.

What was most outstanding about his play in 2018/19 are the 11 assists he claimed in the league, demonstrating the creative class he has in his locker.

Quaresma has always been a flashy player and it’s the ability to produce something out of nothing that makes him an attractive proposition.

Yet, with 2.3 crosses per match to his name last term, he could be game-changing for Wolves’ attack and Jimenez.

Why? Because the more crosses he puts into the area, the more likely their Mexican is to find the back of the net.

Ricardo Quaresma Crosses attempted 2018 19 - Raul Jimenez could become even better if Wolves land veteran attacker this summer - opinion

Last season, no Wolves player managed more crosses than Quaresma. In fact, barring Joao Moutinho, who managed 1.7 per 90 minutes, it was incredibly underwhelming.

The next best player was Cavaleiro who managed 0.7 but he only started on six occasions.

In one fixture last campaign, Quaresma managed to deliver eight crosses for Besiktas, whilst he completed a further six in two other games.

But analysing where Jimenez has his shots from could also prove telling.

In 2018/19, he had 27 headed attempts at goal, per Understat, but only three of them found the back of the net. Below in green, are the areas from which he scored from for Wolves in the league.

Jimenez goal areas - Raul Jimenez could become even better if Wolves land veteran attacker this summer - opinion

As demonstrated, rarely does he get a chance inside the six-yard area, however, one of his goals in that position on the pitch was actually a header.

That area of his game is quite weak but it could become even better if they sign Quaresma.

Per WhoScored, barely any Wolves players were able to provide many crosses and as such, chances were limited for Jimenez. That could change if they land the Portugal international, however.

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