Raul Jimenez wants to make more history wearing Wolves’ famous number nine shirt.
The £32m club record signing was unveiled today after his loan from Benfica became permanent and he signed a four-year contract. He as paraded in his number nine Wolves shirt.
Numerous players who have worn the number in gold and black have become Molineux terrace idols through the decades – from Dennis Westcott in the late 1930s and 40s, Roy Swinbourne and Jimmy Murray from the glorious, all-conquering 1950s teams, Derek Dougan in the late 1960s, John Richards in the 70s, Andy Gray in the early 80s, Steve Bull from 1986-99 and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from 2008-13, it’s been a special jersey.
Far from being daunted by its history, Jimenez is delighted to be among such illustrious company and wants to make his own memories in it after already scoring 15 goals in all competitions this season.
“I feel very good to be creating my own history with this famous number,” said the 27-year-old. “I’ve always been number nine, and it is a special number for me because all the strikers wear it, so since I was a child I liked it very much.
“All my career – from when I was young, to playing at Club America, in Benfica – I have worn the number nine shirt and I’m very happy to wear it.”
Jimenez echoes the huge ambition running through the club at the moment and is determined to help establish Wolves as a top club once more.
“I want to make history here at the club. With my team-mates, I want to put the club back into the top places in the Premier League,” he insisted. “I think we all want that and have that ambition.
“For myself personally, I want to keep scoring for the rest of the time I am here, and that’s going to be my main goal.”
Jimenez has been welcomed with open arms by the adoring hordes of fans who have taken him to their hearts and sing his name to the ‘Si, Senor’ chant.
The Mexico international wants to add to his success at Wembley this Sunday when Wolves face Watford for a place in the FA Cup final.
Jimenez struck gold as part of the Mexico team at the 2012 London Olympics at the national stadium and he also scored in the 3-1 win away to Tottenham there in December.
“I have very good memories of that stadium,” he said. “First of all, the gold medal with Mexico in 2012, now the last one, beating Tottenham. It was amazing scoring a goal, and I want to make it happen again.
“It’s another match but we’re looking forward to giving our best to win the match.”
From day one, the striker has been inspired by the support he has received, particularly from the noise of the home crowd at Molineux.
“I remember when I arrived, my first match here, a friendly against Villarreal and they received me very well,” he said. “I love to be here and I love to hear the song they composed for me and sing every time we’re at Molineux.
“That’s amazing and it gives me something extra for doing my best on the pitch.
“They are amazing moments, because when we are here in the tunnel, hearing all the noise outside, from that moment we know that it’s going to be a very good match.
“With all the fans supporting us and making noise throughout the whole match in support of us, that’s an extra thing which gives us confidence for the match,” he added.
“All the matches here at Molineux have been very good because with a full house, all the supporters are amazing. But the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United was amazing and a very good match.”
Jimenez added: “If they continue supporting us, if they continue coming to the stadium and be part of this big family and this big pack, we are going to do our best on the pitch for them and to give them all the happiness we can.
“At the weekends we know they make a very good noise supporting us and that is why we want to give our best.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here, I enjoy playing and, along with all my team-mates, we try our best in all the matches to win.
“Since I’ve arrived here it’s all been so good. We’ve had some good moments, some bad moments; but the best ones have been so good and I’m very happy for that.”