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Three Strikers Wolves Should Target In January To Cope With Raul Jimenez’s Injury Absence

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have experienced a rollercoaster of a season in the Premier League so far. However, their spirits were dampened when Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull after colliding with Arsenal’s David Luiz last month. Even though Nuno Espirito Santo managed to lead his players to victory in that game, Wolves’ fell back down to earth without their first-choice forward last weekend when Liverpool beat them by a convincing 4-0 scoreline at Anfield.

With the winter transfer window just a few weeks away, the West Midlands club could choose to go into the transfer market to land a new forward as Fabio Silva is too inexperienced to lead the line at the Molineux Stadium week in week out. Both Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence can also play as a makeshift centre-forward. Still, Nuno Espirito Santo would be better off using them in different positions and should consider bringing in a new frontman during the winter transfer period.

Here are three strikers Wolves should target when the transfer window reopens in January so that they can cope with Jimenez’s injury absence in the coming months.

Luka Jovic

The Real Madrid talent has endured an underwhelming career at the Spanish capital thus far. He needs to switch clubs if he wants to rediscover his old form from his Bundesliga days. Hence, a loan move or a permanent transfer for him to join Wolves could be too appealing for the player to turn down.

Injuries have hampered his progress at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. However, Jovic would believe that he has what it takes to be a regular goal-scorer in top-flight football as long as he is getting regular game time and playing with confidence on the field. The Serbian international scored 36 goals in 75 matches during his time with Eintracht Frankfurt, so Wolves should consider offering him an escape route as he could serve as an ideal emergency option for them this winter.

Three strikers Wolves should target in January (Jovic is in action in the picture)
Luka Jovic of Real Madrid CF controls the ball during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 25, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Moussa Dembele

The Pontoise has made a slow start to this campaign as he has only scored once in 13 league matches for Olympique Lyonnais so far. However, his goal-scoring for Lyon was excellent last season when he banged in 24 goals and grabbed seven assists in 46 appearances for them across all competitions.

Dembele could serve as a perfect striking option for Nuno Espirito Santo as he has got the pace and finishing ability to be a success story at the Molineux. Therefore, Wolves should think about making a move for him next month.

Edin Dzeko

The 34-year-old has been a useful member of AS Roma’s squad this season after registering four goals and one assist in 11 matches for them across all fronts. He can still do a good job as a centre-forward and would undeniably be a good candidate to fill in during Jimenez’s injury absence this season.

The experienced Bosnia-Herzegovina international has previously played in the Premier League and won’t take too much time to settle into English football if Wolves decide to orchestrate a move to bring him to the West Midlands in January.

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