As Mick begins his transfer dealings for the summer, we as Wolves fans have to face up to the fact that we may be losing some of our favourite players.
OK, I think we all knew that big Chris Iwelumo was probably going to be on his way this summer after he spent the majority of last season trying to get fit after suffering a number of injuries.
Iwelumo was always a fans favourite at Wolves, pleasing fans with his determination, fight and overall leadership. Upon leaving Molineux, Iwelumo said that it was the fans that have helped him and the team progress the most during his two years in Wolverhampton.
“There are so many highlights to think about and again I can’t stress enough how much I have enjoyed my time at Wolves,” Iwelumo told the Wolves official website.
“The fans too have also given me great support. Before I came to Wolves, every time I was in a team against them we were told to keep the fans quiet and then they would turn.
“But that wasn’t my experience at all, and I think the success we have had over the last couple of years has been down to the fans staying with us and getting behind us.”
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that when I saw we had signed Iwelumo, my heart sank. I saw him play against us in the 3-2 win against Charlton and thought he looked poor.
However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Within weeks of arriving at Wolves, he was topping the goal-scoring chart and proving the critics wrong.
One of the memories that stick out for me will be the hattrick against Preston, which included a sublime overhead kick. OK, Lumes did manage to get himself sent off in the same match…but to this day, I think the referee in that match knew he had made the wrong call!
Also, what about when McCarthy handed Iwelumo the captaincy for the visit of Blackpool to Molineux. With many people surprised at the choice, Iwelumo again proved his quality and went on to score both goals in a 2-0 win.
The more memorable goals that Iwelumo include the overhead kick at Preston, the magnificent solo effort away at Sheffield United and the close-range finish during the 5-1 win against Nottingham Forest.
All the best for the future
I’ll always have admiration for the guy, especially after putting behind him the ‘horror miss’ for Scotland and coming back to perform just as well at Wolves and helping us secure the Championship title.
There is no doubt that Big Chris will be missed at Molineux, but let me be the first to wish him the best of luck at Burnley. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for their results next season and hoping that they will rejoin us in the Premier League where, I am sure, Iwelumo would relish a reunion with his old club.
All the best Lumes!