Nuno is handed a huge boost as Wolves receive a triple transfer update
A big boost
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is set for an extended break from international football with Mexico, it has been revealed.
Jimenez is Mexico’s first choice striker and starred for his nation in their Gold Cup triumph over the summer.
The former Atletico Madrid and Benfica striker scored five times and claimed the Golden Boot (best player) award as Mexico reigned supreme over their American rivals.
His summer exploits ensured Jimenez only had two weeks holiday between the Gold Cup final and Wolves’ Europa League opener against Crusaders on July 25.
Jimenez has shown little sign of fatigue with eight goals in his first 10 appearances this season, including six in as many games in Europe to help Wolves reach the group stages of the Europa League.
The striker’s record in 2019 is astonishing: 25 goals in 44 matches for club and country.
There have been, however, fears among Wolves staff and fans of burnout for Jimenez with the possibility of him featuring in more than 60 games this year.
And despite his call-up for Mexico’s friendly double-header against USA and Argentina this month, Gerardo Martino has told reporters that European-based players who played in the Gold Cup will be excluded from the selection process for El Tri’s matches in October and November.
That will allow Jimenez to rest during those breaks and fully focus his energies on Wolves until March’s internationals.
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Two goalkeepers to be ‘scouted’
Wolverhampton Wanderers will send a scout to watch Turkish goalkeeper Gokhan Akkan ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports (via Sport Witness).
The 24-year-old goalkeeper currently plays for Super Lig side Caykur Rizespor and has helped them to a decent start to the season with two victories and a draw from three matches, keeping one clean sheet in the process.
And that form has reportedly attracted attention on the continent with Wolves, and other potential suitors, due to watch him in action against Istanbul Basaksehir later this month.
Turkish news outlet Ajansspor claims Wolves are monitoring the goalkeeper’s situation and are also keeping tabs on fellow custodian Ugurcan Cakir, who has been heavily linked with a transfer to Liverpool.
Unlike Akkan, Cakir, 23, has made the senior breakthrough with Turkey and started their match with Greece in May.
Cakir keeps goal for Trabzonspor and has started all seven of their fixtures in the Super Lig and Europa League this season.
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ international stars will flood back to Compton Park over the next couple of days to prepare for Saturday’s meeting with Chelsea.
Ten Wolves players linked up with their countries after the defeat to Everton, leaving Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team squad down to the bare bones.
But September’s internationals have been and gone and club football is now the focus for Rui Patricio, Raul Jimenez and Co for the next month.
Wolves host Chelsea at Molineux on Saturday seeking their first Premier League win of the new season after taking three points from their opening four fixtures.
Nuno is guaranteed to field a different line-up to the one defeated at Everton two weeks ago, but just how many changes the Portuguese will make remains a mystery. We’re going to have a go at predicting it anyway though…
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A transfer admission
Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook may be forced to admit defeat in his attempts to keep hold of 17-year-old Joe Gelhardt if he continues to shine at the DW Stadium.
The teenager has been subject to interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves, if reports are to be believed, along with a host of other clubs who are pondering a January swoop.
So far this season Gelhardt has featured for Wigan on three occasions from the bench, but he’s done enough during those cameos to catch the attention of Premier League scouts.
“If you look around all football clubs these days, players move on, they come and go,” said Cook, when quizzed on the player’s future.
“If Joffy [Gelhardt] keeps progressing at the rate he has been, will he be at Wigan Athletic for the next 10 years? I very much doubt he will. This is the game today.
“But I genuinely know, from the chairman all the way down, we are not looking to sell players like that.”