Lage: Jimenez ‘needs to adapt’ to cope with head protector

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Lage: Jimenez ‘needs to adapt’ to cope with head protector

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has insisted that Raul Jimenez must continue to wear his head protector for his own safety.

Ten months ago, Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against from a challenge with David Luiz. He has worn a protective headband since returning to action.

The striker is yet to score so far this term. He removed his guard last weekend after missing a headed chance against Brentford at Molineux.



He even posted pictures of Twitter of himself with and without the aid, but Lage says there is no room for debate on the subject.

“It was one thing that happened and I don’t think it will happen anymore. He knows,” said Lage.

“He needs to adapt, it’s not a normal thing. This is needed to protect him. After the process we did to recover him we need to help him adapt.

“There is an emotional side, he had a big chance to help us score a goal and to help us fight for points in that game. I didn’t say to Raul to take it off so it was a big surprise for me but sometimes you need to understand the emotional thing.

“It was an easy header but also you need to understand the point of view from the player. You try to do the movement and you have now, like two fingers in front of his head, when he does the movement the ball is already touching his head.

“It’s a different way you’re trying to do it, it’s like heading with a helmet, but he is adapting well. In that period it was frustrating and emotional from losing that chance but he knows the protocol.”

Scoring against Southampton on Sunday would be the best kind of tonic for the 30-year-old, who has never gone six Premier League games without a goal since he arrived at Molineux in 2018.

Having netted only twice in their five league outings to date, Wolves cannot wait for his fortunes to change either.

“Every day we are working hard in training to score goals, so he knows that he has that pressure on his shoulders,” said Lage.

“He know he needs to score goals, our fans are waiting for him to score goals. He scored three or four in the pre-season and the goals are coming.”

Lage has been working with a limited first-team squad since arriving at the club and lost another couple of players in the midweek penalty defeat to Tottenham in the EFL Cup. Rayan Ait Nouri (concussion) and Yerson Mosquera (hamstring) are the latest to drop out of contention and while Lage has half an eye on the free transfer market, he is looking for quality additions.

“What I am not looking for is players just to fill the squad, those players I don’t want,” he said.

“We need to bring two to three more players to have more competition. We need guys to help us, not players to fill up the squad or I would prefer working the way we are working with these guys.”

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Carragher makes claim about ‘worrying’ status of Arsenal-Spurs

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has suggested that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur cannot be seen as part of the ‘big six’ given their recent history.

Arsenal and Spurs are considered to be part of the traditional ‘big six’ in the Premier League. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the other teams included.

The North London duo have fallen away from their rivals of late, though.



have finished eighth in back to back seasons in the English top flight. They are not playing in Europe this season after missing out on a spot in the Europa Conference League.

Tottenham meanwhile ended up finishing seventh in the Premier League last term. The Gunners host their rivals in the first North London derby of the season on Sunday.

Ahead of that game, in his column for , Carragher has questioned Arsenal and Tottenham’s position in the so-called ‘big six’:

“This Sunday’s North London Derby is a reminder that the idea of a ‘big six’ in English football is outdated. We now have a big four,” Carragher said.

“The worry for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fans is how far they have fallen behind the title contenders and how long they will be on the outside looking in.

“Competing for the Premier League is off the table for Arsenal and Spurs for the next two or three years. Champions League qualification is a long shot this year. The same clubs have occupied those positions for the last two seasons and it would be a huge shock if they do not do so again.

“At this particular moment, Arsenal and Spurs cannot fairly be held to the same standard as Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United over the course of a 38-game season.

“The minimum for Arsenal and Spurs is an improvement on last year’s performance, a style in tune with what the fans expect, and the foundation for a further step forward in a year’s time.

“The north London clubs are in a battle with each other to see who will be ready first to break back into the top four. We may have a clearer idea on Sunday.”

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