Raúl Jiménez to Fulham: a risky investment?

Jainil Shah
By Jainil Shah
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Fulham’s pursuit of Wolves and Mexico striker Raúl Jiménez has raised eyebrows among the fans. While Jiménez has showed promise at the beginning of his Premier League career, a severe injury has impacted his form and scoring ability. With zero goals in 15 Premier League matches last season and only three goals in 35 games across all competitions, concerns arise about whether he can serve as an adequate replacement for the outgoing Aleksandar Mitrovic .

Some Fulham supporters question the club’s recruitment strategy and suggest looking into alternative targets, such as Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun, who could bring a more dynamic attacking style to the team.

Selling Aleksandar Mitrovic would look like a choice of money over motives, although Fulham did try to price him out of a move to Saudi – but nothing worked and Mitrovic got a massive payday as he concludes his six year stay at Craven Cottage. The Serbian striker’s behavior during Fulham’s pre-season tour in the USA has caused a stir, with Mitrovic not training with the squad amid rumors of his imminent departure. His attitude and apparent disregard for the club’s interests have left fans disheartened.

And following the sale of acquisition of Mitrovic, Fulham faithful were faced with another massive roller-coaster of emotions when the news of Marco Silva to Al Ahil came through. Although for the relief of the fans, Marco Silva has rejected offers from Saudi Arabia to stay at the club. Silva’s decision to snub substantial financial incentives twice reflects his dedication to the Fulham project and his belief in the club’s potential. As the club gears up for the upcoming season, having a manager who is fully committed and motivated is crucial for their ambitions to achieve success.

Now getting into Raúl Jiménez’ move to Fulham. First things first that fee looks like one that could persuade you to take a risk on him – Jiménez’s transfer from Wolves to Fulham, considering the financial aspects and changes in his market value with Fulham only paying approximately 7 million dollars which is significantly lower than his previous market value, which had reached 55 million euros in 2020. This, ofcourse, decrease in value is attributed to his injury struggles and decreased goal-scoring form.

But he will surely have high expectations to rediscover his form and become a key player in the team. Fulham, a historic club in the Premier League, aims to improve upon their previous season’s 10th-place finish. The club must rely on Jiménez’s goal-scoring prowess to bolster their attacking options and increase their chances of success in the league.

With Raúl Jiménez, there is a certain lack of confidence there following that injury and how he has tried to come through. A change in environment complemented by the man management of Marco Silva could exactly be what he needs. There is a potent striker in there, we have all seen that and we have also seen how injuries have played massive role in confidence of the best of players but Fulham fans should give him a chance. And Wolves were the lowest scoring side last season – i think with chances, goals will come and with goals… confidence.

Moreover, a few of them also think there will be another number nine coming in after Jiménez:

At the fees mentioned, this could just turn into a coup of a transfer – and it’s definitely a risk worth taking for Fulham.

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