Wolves’ family first feel is pushing them towards a Champions League place, according to boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Top scorer Raul Jimenez held his baby’s ‘gender reveal’ on the Molineux pitch this week – and the video attracted almost 500,000 views in the first 15 hours after release.
The 28-year-old striker, who has scored 22 goals this season before today’s visit of Brighton, and actress partner Daniela Basso, 30, were joined by Raul’s father Raul senior, the striker’s sister Manuela, plus team-mates Rui Patricio and Diogo Jota and their partners to celebrate the announcement that their baby will be a boy, who is due this July. The couple are naming him Ander.
The ‘gender reveal’ is becoming a popular trend and the Mexican couple did theirs in style.
Cannons fired confetti in blue (for a boy) and all the LED displays around the stadium – including the two giant screens – turned blue, declaring ‘felicitaciones Raul y Daniela’ (congratulations Raul and Daniela).
The gathering was typical of the family feel at Wolves, where players and their families regularly meet up for meals.
“The families also have friendships. They join together and they have dinners and meetings,” said head coach Nuno, a dad of three himself.
“It is normal to attend such a special moment for a couple.
“When you have your first child I measure it by photos. I have 10 albums, the second one less and the third on my phone.
“But the first one is a big, big thing and I am happy for him and his family.”
Defender Willy Boly recently became a father for the second time and Nuno says family is big focus at sixth-placed Wolves, who are three points off fourth spot with ten games to go.
“Every time it happens there is a lot of new boys who had a lot of situations. It will keep on going, hopefully,” he added.
Jimenez has been in the form of his life this seasons and plans to marry Daniela this summer.
Nuno is convinced being happy off the pitch will only help the striker’s form.
“I think he is happy and living and enjoying the moment,” said the Portuguese.
“Life is not only football, it goes beyond football. He is happy.”
When it was put to him that his players aren’t seen rolling out of nightclubs, Nuno said: “I hope not, otherwise they will be in trouble.”
Wolves are still without left wing back Jonny Castro Otto (ankle) so Ruben Vinagre will again deputise.
Midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is also out with ankle problem, sustained on Under-23s duty in midweek.