10 goals, 2 assists – Wolves can fill the Jimenez void in the summer by landing this predatory Brazilian attacker

Wolverhampton Wanderers Opinion: Nuno must bring in Tiquinho Soares

Wolves are having an extremely successful season in terms of their league position, thanks to the excellent work by manager Nuno Espirito Santo prior to the start of the campaign. 

Some of the transfers were inspired moves and with the right mix of youth and experienc, it was almost assured from the start that Wolves would be able to fight to be the best of the rest.

Their move for Portuguese veteran Joao Moutinho has arguably been the signing of the season, considering the massive contributions he makes towards the squad on each match day. His passing and composure in the middle of the park have set him apart as a dangerous player.

Wolves also made the big money signings of Diogo Jota and Jonny Castro from Atletico Madrid. They were also able to convince Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Middlesbrough speedster Adama Traore to make switches to the Molineux. 

While this is the case, there is only one contender when it comes to being the most influential in Nuno’s team and that man is Mexican striker Raul Jimenez. Unfortunately for them, he is only in England on a loan deal from Benfica. 

The talismanic striker has scored 10 goals in the Premier League in his 28 appearances and has also managed 6 assists. His contribution in terms of hold-up and link-up play have been unmatched as well. 

Come the end of the season, when their star man returns to Benfica, Wolves have to act quickly to bring in an alternative for the Mexican – someone who will be able to deliver at the same pace. 

With the requirements clear as day, there is only one player in today’s market that Nuno Espírito Santo needs to consider. That man is FC Porto striker, Tiquinho Soares. 

The Brazilian, 28, has only recently come into the limelight after bouncing around various clubs in Brazil for the initial part of his career. Since moving to Porto though, he has been a revelation and especially this season, he’s been sublime. 

He is a tall forward who has a knack for turning up in the perfect positions inside the box. Excellent on the turn and in tight spaces, his heading abilities are excellent, making him pretty similar to Jimenez. His Brazilian background means he would suit the English style of play as well. 

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His 17 league appearances this season have seen him score 10 goals and notch up another 2 assists. He has scored 6 times in other tournaments as well. His goalscoring record should be more than enough to convince Nuno to make a move for this talented Brazilian, who is assured to be a Premier League hit.

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Written by Nikhil Vinod

As Le Professeur famously said, If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all.
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