Wolves legend John Richards says Manchester United-linked striker Raul Jimenez offers a “priceless” trait of being able to take the few chances that pop up in matches.
The Mexico international scored his 17th Premier League goal of the season in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.
It was perhaps the best of the bunch, the 29-year-old volleying powerfully past Nick Pope from the edge of the box.
Jimenez’s form has seen him linked with a move elsewhere this summer, with United and Juventus reportedly keen.
However, Richards says Wolves would suffer a huge blow if the striker opted to move on for next season.
“It’s priceless,” he told the Express & Star of Jimenez’s ability to find the back of the net. “There’s a lot of work being done by the team as a whole, but sometimes you only get one or two slight chances.
“Most strikers probably will not take those, but when you’ve got somebody of that class, like Raul, you know he’s likely to pop them in.
“He’s a priceless commodity. What he has contributed goals-wise is invaluable to the club.”
Richards added that he is not surprised to see the forward attracting attention after his stellar form.
“He just seems to be getting better, if that can be possible,” he said. “He’s a world-class striker, without a doubt. You see it week in and week out with the way he performs and leads the frontline.
“He works hard as well. You can understand why there’s lots of interest, and why we need to keep him. We need to keep him.”
Jimenez has previously said he is flattered to have received interest from around Europe.
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Elsewhere, Aston Villa are reportedly ready to drop their asking price for United target Tyrone Mings.
Centre-back Mings is allegedly on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of candidates as he seeks a long-term partner for Harry Maguire.
And with Villa fighting a losing battle against relegation, the Englishman’s price could fall in the coming weeks.