10 Greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers Strikers Ever
Wolves have seen many great strikers in their 145 years of history. Wolverhampton is a club where fans cherish their players very much, and who do the fans love the most in football? of course, the man who scores goals for the team. In this article, let us have a look at the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers strikers ever.
Here are the ten greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers strikers ever, based on the impact, goal scoring ratio, number of goals and success with the club.
10. Dennis Wilshaw
Wilshaw kick-started his career as an amateur for Wolves in 1944 and was loaned out to Walsall in the Third Division two years after that. After scoring 27 goals in 74 games at Walsall, he was called back in 1946 by the new manager Stan Cullis, to a team that was full of stars with big names. He scored 10 goals in 11 matches in that season but still could not make it to the starting eleven of the team that won the FA Cup final in 1949.
Wilshaw finally got a regular starting spot in 1952-53 and in the very next season Wolves won the championship for the first time with his contribution of 25 goals in 39 games. Wilshaw was an all-around versatile player who could play anywhere in the attack and score with both his feet. He scored 113 goals in 219 matches for Wolves.
9. Derek Dougan
Derek Dougan has the 9th most number of goals scored in Wolves history. He recorded 123 goals in 323 games for Wolves from 1967 to 1975. The Northern Ireland international was a very skilful striker. He was physical and had great speed and awareness of the game, which helped him finish and create a number of chances but his principal strength was his ability in the air.
Dougan scored a hat-trick vs Hull on his first home game with Wolves when everyone thought that he was past his prime days. He helped the team reach the 1972 FA Cup final but couldn’t win it, but he won the FA Cup two years after that, defeating Man City. He is one of the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers strikers ever.
8. Raúl Jiménez
The Mexican international is the best modern-day striker for Wolves. He joined Wolves on loan from Benfica in 2018, which was later made permanent in 2019. Jimenez scored in his first competitive game for the club vs Everton which set him on his way for a thrilling time at Molineux. He was the club’s top scorer during his opening two campaigns. He also broke the club record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season in his first season at Molineux and was voted the Wolves Player of the Season.
Other than the amazing goal scoring regime, his biggest achievement would be his miraculous recovery in 2021 from the skull fracture he suffered against Arsenal in 2020. He has 54 goals in 140 total games for Wolves.
7. Jimmy Murray
Murray kicked off his career with Wolves at the young age of 20. He went on to become a club legend, scoring 5th most goals in the club’s history. Murray scored 166 goals in 299 games he played for the club. He was a free-scoring player with not much of a heroic status but with his reputation shining less lustrously even though his worth was immense.
In the first game of the second season with Wolves, he scored 4 goals against Man City in a 5-1 victory. The English forward was the top scorer for Wolves in 1957-58, 58-59 and 59-60, winning the league in the first two of those seasons and finishing second in 59-60.