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Raul Jimenez could replace Oribe Peralta in the Mexico team

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I know, another article about a player you've never heard of. Raul Jimenez however, soon will be a player we all know about. Having only just moved to Europe in the summer, it is now time for the Mexican youngster to step up in the big competitions.

The former America striker secured a move to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for around £7.5 million last August.

Jimenez impressed so much last season, he got himself into Miguel Herrera's squad for the 2014 World Cup.

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Although never a regular in the Mexico squad, he was a real physical presence when coming onto the pitch, and very nearly scored against Brazil.

For his Country, Jimenez has six goals in over 25 games, although the majority of those games are from off the bench.

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This season, Jimenez has struggled to step up. Although, as you can imagine, a place in the starting XI doesn't come about that often with Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann on form.

Jimenez has only one goal in 14 games, a record which does not reflect the potential that the 23 year-old has.

The talented Mexican striker could expect a few more first-team chances now Mandzukic and Atleti boss Diego Simeone have had a falling out. If chances remain sparse, Jimenez may look to move again in search of more regular opportunities.

What can potential suitors expect?

Jimenez is technically a very good player. He has a decent turn of pace about him and has incredible upper body strength. Although not considered your everyday target man, Jimenez in a whopping 6ft 3'.

He brings something unique to the game and is an all-round top striker. His ability to do a bit of everything reminds me very much of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yes, I know, he's not on par with Zlatan, but Jimenez does have a very similar style of play.

Jimenez could cost anywhere between £5m-£15m, which could be quite a gamble for any clubs interested in investing in a new striker. He is a very good player and, I believe, he will come good should Atletico stick with him.

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