Skipper Conor Coady admits Wolves have struggled to cope with the absence of injured star striker Raul Jimenez this season.
Jimenez, 29, has not played since his skull fracture in a collision with Arsenal David Luiz End of november. Following the injury of the Mexican international, the West Midlanders won a single top-flight match in 11 attempts to dive into the table.
It took the men of Nuno Espirito Santo until February to change things. During that month, Molineux were undefeated in the league, winning three and drawing.
They have only collected two more wins, but are 12th in the table and are practically safe from relegation. It’s clear where the problems lie, with Wolves having scored just 32 high-level goals in 2020-2021 to date.
And Coady didn’t attempt to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes with his assessment of how things turned out.
“It’s pretty obvious that Raul affected us. It was a shocking injury and all we wanted was his safety, ”he told the club. official site. “Raul is a world class striker and if you lose a world class striker on your team it’s always going to affect you in one way or another.
“Now he has been training with us for a long time without the contact so we hope he has recovered safely and can come back as soon as possible because it will be like a new signing again.
“But it was up to us as players when he got injured to get us to move forward as quickly as possible and I don’t think we did as well as we would have liked.
Coady admits wolves are victims of their own success
Having won promotion by winning the championship in 2017-18, Wolves have finished seventh in the past two seasons. There has been an obvious slowdown in this term as they will not match those levels.
Monday will see the Black Country Derby with West Brom at the Hawthorns. And Coady believes it’s up to the players to make sure they return to their old status as soon as possible.
“In recent years, we have set ourselves expectations and everyone has seen that we have finished in good positions in the table,” he added. “Where we are now, we don’t think it’s good enough and we want to improve.
“If you look at the previous two years, this season hasn’t been an improvement on that. We are not happy with the way the season has gone.
“It’s up to us to try to improve as quickly as possible, to learn from the mistakes that have happened this season and to try to correct that as quickly as possible.
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