VIDEO: What Palace Fans Could Expect From Mexican Striker Raul Jiménez

2 Posted by - July 26, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News, Video

According to reports out in Portugal, Crystal Palace are in the race to sign Benfica striker Raul Jimenéz alongside a number of other Premier League clubs.

This video gives you a feel for Raul Jiménez's game. Goals, assists, runs from deep; he's certainly an exciting prospect.

With Fraizer Campbell released at the end of last season, Loic Remy returning to Chelsea following the end of his loan and Connor Wickham still sidelined as he recovers from his serious ACL injury, Palace are currently relying solely on the talents of Christian Benteke to lead the line. I'm sure Frank de Boer and Steve Parish don't need me to tell them that we need striking reinforcements ahead of the new season but until now, we've seen almost no names linked with a move to SE25.

Forgetting the sheer lack of strikers currently on our books, (Freddie Ladapo and Keshi Anderson were taken to Hong Kong as the only alternative to Benteke) the formation Frank de Boer favours doesn't immediately leap out as one which will function to the Belgian's strengths, meaning that we could do with an alternative sort of frontman to the big, aerially proficient type.

Indeed, de Boer's time in charge of Ajax saw him shy away from the option of utilising a traditional number nine, preferring instead to focus on a variety of attacking threats but with little to no experience of breaking down Premier League defences he may realise rather quickly that Benteke's aerial prowess is a fantastic weapon to have in your arsenal when in desperate need of points.

Standing at 6"1, Jiménez is a far more dynamic footballer, as the video attached above shows. Happy to dribble from deep, he has both pace and drive but after struggling to ever impose himself at Atletico Madrid, we only have his stints at Benfica and Club América to go on, making the move one that would come with a significant risk, particularly at the price being quoted over in Portugal.

This piece explains Palace's apparent interest in Jiménez.

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10 Comments

  • Chip July 26, 2017 - 7:40 am Reply

    Surely you don’t think that at 30m Jimenéz will be a realistic target for us this summer?

    • admin July 26, 2017 - 8:40 am Reply

      1. I don’t think we’d have to pay anything like that much if push came to shove.

      2. Whilst I don’t see it as an obvious transfer for us, I’m just passing comment on the speculation. He definitely is the sort of player we should be looking at style wise in my view.

  • Richard C July 26, 2017 - 7:54 am Reply

    Out of our price league if we are going for Chambers I would think. We don’t have Bolasie money to support big purchases this time around.

    • admin July 26, 2017 - 8:40 am Reply

      I quite agree Richard, although I highly doubt they’ll actually ask for that much when it comes down to it. We shall see…

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh July 26, 2017 - 8:49 am Reply

    His stats for Benfica suggest he doesn’t play much. Is this because of injuries or that he isn’t good enough to dislodge Fulham flop Kostas Mitrogleu?

    30mil seems a bit steep for someone who has scored 12 goals from 40 appearances in 2 years. As much as i hate West Ham, you can get Chicarito for half the price and double the goals!

    • admin July 26, 2017 - 9:02 am Reply

      I feel as though Benfica’s transfer policy is to demand double what they actually want in the hope of squeezing a few more pennies out.

      On the Hernandez front, it’s worth noting that he’s on £160,000 a week.

    • tom July 26, 2017 - 9:11 am Reply

      why we didnt move for Chicarito is beyond me, what a bargain WH have there!

      • admin July 26, 2017 - 9:20 am Reply

        The fact that they’re paying him £160,000 a week for three years probably has something to do with it, Tom. That’s £24.9 million over the life of his deal.

        • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh July 26, 2017 - 9:48 am Reply

          I appreciate the wages for Hernandez are much higher but if we did sign someone for 30mil and paid them 60k a week that would total nearly 10m over a 3 year deal.

          Add that to the transfer fee and it is the same cost as Hernandez’s transfer and wages.

          The question that will come up increasingly over the next 2-5yrs is whether we should get a bigger stadium to fund higher wages/trasnfer fees. There will always be conflicting opinions on this topic.

  • Martin Collis July 26, 2017 - 3:38 pm Reply

    Based on the video his greatest strength seems to be diving. Looks like a high priced thespian.

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