Darren Bent said today that Raul Jimenez would be a good option for Chelsea to sign in the summer, and the former Sunderland striker is spot on. We think Jimenez would be an ideal player to add to Frank Lampard’s squad this summer, and we’ve explained why in four succinct points.
Jimenez is a great all round striker, he’s got the pace and dribbling ability to play out wide, the height and strength to play through the middle, the finishing ability to score goals and the intelligence and technique to drop deeper. Ultimately, his primary role will be competing with Tammy for starts as a number nine, but as well as replacing the academy product, he can also play with him, either as a wide forward, or perhaps as a front two later in games Chelsea are chasing.
At 28, he’s in his prime, and will bring a bit of experience to a side that is otherwise filled with young talents. We’ve got an academy (and currently a first team squad) full of brilliant kids, and we need the balance of some more mature players.
Jimenez is a top player, but he’s worked his way up the ladder and has a superb work rate. He’s a superstar in Mexico, but he doesn’t act or play like one. The former Benfica man would likely be a dream in the dressing room for Frank Lampard.
Jimenez has had two years in the Premier League, he’s proven himself good enough and has settled in England. He’s succeeding at Wolves, a very good team, but he will still be looking to take a step up, and a move to Chelsea would surely tempt him – and his agent Jorge Mendes. Rather than trying to sign players from Real Madrid and Juventus, being smart and buying from the teams just below us can help us return to the top level without breaking the bank.