Wolves boss O’Neil: Fulham hurt by Mitrovic exit

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil feels Fulham are still adjusting to losing Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Wolves meet Fulham on Monday.

On Mitrovic, now of Al Hilal, the manager said: “It’s tough transition, I would imagine, for them because he was a huge part of what they’ve done for such a long time. I played against that Fulham team as first-team coach at Bournemouth in the Championship and again last season in the Premier League, and he’s always been such a big part of what they’ve done.

“Obviously. they’ve replaced him, Vinicius came in a season or two ago, and Jimenez, who had a fantastic time here and is a really good player, is similar in how he can hold the ball up, is good in the air and is a goal threat. They seem to have found a similar way of doing things, but when you lose a guy who was scoring 60, 70 per cent of your goals, it’s obviously a big transition.”

On facing former Wolves pair Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore, O’Neil said: “The farewells are interesting because those two guys are still spoken about warmly around here, and the impact they had. The fact I’m here managing a Premier League team that has had the successes it had, they played a massive part in that.

“Sometimes the timing of things means you don’t get the farewell everybody would have liked, but it doesn’t change how everybody feels about those two and I know how the supporters feel about them as well. Two players who played a huge part in the club’s recent history, and huge respect for both of them, but hopefully they have a tough evening on Monday.”

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