July 9, 2018 / 10:49 AM / 12 days ago

Batth backs new signings to make a splash with Wolves

(Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Danny Batth believes the club’s recent high-profile recruits — Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Mexican striker Raul Jimenez — are an indicator of just how ambitious the promoted Premier League side have become.

Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - October 14, 2017 Wolves' Danny Batth celebrates celebrates after the match Action Images/Craig Brough

Patricio represents Wolves’ biggest coup so far in this transfer window, with the 30-year-old making more than 450 appearances for Sporting Lisbon and earning 73 caps for Portugal, the most recent at this year’s World Cup.

Loan-signing Jimenez joined from Portuguese side Benfica, where he scored 31 goals in 120 matches. The 27-year-old, who has 13 goals in 65 caps for Mexico, was part of the team that reached the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.

“I think it’s a great marker for the club,” Batth told the Express & Star. “Hopefully they integrate with the group, the same as last year, when the players we signed bed straight in and really add to what we’ve got.

“Rui’s obviously a top goalkeeper playing with top players on the international stage. That experience and success and being a winner is going to add a lot to our dressing room.”

Wolves won the second-tier Championship last season to earn promotion back to the top-flight for the first time since 2012 and are preparing for their return with six pre-season fixtures, the first against Switzerland’s FC Basel on Tuesday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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