Our critical assessment with stimulated Raman scattering using X-Ray free electron lasers (FEL) was recently published in the journal Faraday Discussions. Stimulated Raman scattering or inelastic scattering promises new opportunities to follow electron transfers in chemical reactions. Ultrafast, time-resolved measurements are a cornerstone of FEL science and this method would enable us to broaden the accessible wavelength regime. Our assessment shows current opportunities and limitations of this technique that will become particularly interesting with new superconducting linac light sources, for example, XFEL and Hamburg and LCLS-II. It is foreseen that these new light sources will have much-improved beam characteristics that are particularly interesting for stimulated Raman scattering.