Mexico international Jimenez has scored 11 goals for Wolves this season.

Jimenez warns Newcastle's Almiron that coming to Premier League is 'big step'

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Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has warned Newcastle's record buy Miguel Almiron he must adapt quickly to be a Premier League hit.

The Magpies broke their 14-year-old transfer record to sign attacker Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United last month.

The Paraguay international is available to make his debut against Wolves at Molineux on Monday.

Mexican Jimenez has been an instant success for Wolves since moving from Benfica on loan, scoring 11 times, and has told Almiron the Premier League is a level up.

He said: "It's a very big step, it's very, very different. I wasn't in the MLS but it's more or less like Mexico and I think it's a very big step for him.

"(To be a success you need) to have confidence, to be part of the team as quickly as possible, to feel you are an important part and do what you have to do, as always.

"The things you were doing before are the things which are going to give you more experience. Moving here is another type of league but it's good for him.

"He's a good player, Newcastle saw something in him to take him to the Premier League."

Almiron has been in the MLS team of the year for the past two years and scored 13 goals as Atlanta won their first MLS Cup last term.

Jimenez has four goals in his last four games in all competitions, having been a consistent performer for Wolves this season.

And he believes his experience at Atletico Madrid and Benfica has been key.

He said: "I have been in Europe for four years, it's easier to make the jump from Spain and Portugal to here but since the first match here at Wolves I've done the good things with the team.

"I've shown some good skills and want to keep going and improving.

"It's team work. Different strikers are happy when they score but you have to think about the team – the assist, movements which can give space for your team mates. You never have to quit."

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Cardiff trade in training break for family time after Sala tragedy

Neil Warnock has abandoned plans for Cardiff to take a mid-season break so that he and his players can reflect on the Emiliano Sala tragedy in privacy with their families.

Following Saturday's crucial 2-1 victory at Southampton they are without a fixture until they host Watford on February 22, and Warnock had been preparing to take his squad to Tenerife ahead of the run-in that will determine whether they succeed in preserving their Premier League status.

Sala's body was discovered on Thursday in the crashed plane that had been taking him to Cardiff, and though his team have responded admirably in the circumstances since the plane went missing on January 21, the manager believes that they will benefit from time with their families.

His captain Sol Bamba previously revealed some of their players had become fearful of flying since the incident, and the 70-year-old Warnock said: "The club gave me permission to fly out to Tenerife, to take them all for four days.

"But after what's happened over the past two weeks, I'd rather cuddle my kids and see my missus because it's been a long two weeks. I've never known anything like this in my life and I've seen most things.

"They'll all be reflecting on what's happened and your family is more important than football isn't it? They are all booking different flights and some of them aren't going anywhere. I'm going somewhere near Swansea, me, for two nights.

"(Victor Camarasa's) going back to Spain for a few days, that'll be good, he'll be having treatment on his calf and he'll be training with his fitness guy over there and in nicer weather with his family."

Warnock acknowledged after the match that "we could have put the ball in the corner" rather than risk chasing their last-gasp winner.

And he added: "One of my staff said the point might have kept us up. I think when you get to my age you don't worry too much really. You don't know what's around the corner, especially what's happened around here the last two weeks."

Victory on Saturday, secured by finishes from Sol Bamba and Kenneth Zohore either side of Jack Stephens' late equalising goal, meant that for the first time since April 1962 the club have won successive top-flight fixtures.

Warnock has targeted further points from a run that includes Everton, Wolves, West Ham and Brighton after Watford, and Aron Gunnarsson said: "(Sala's death) brought everyone together, the performances and the fans and the lads and everyone around the club have been amazing at this difficult time.

"It has been really difficult but the boys have stuck together with everyone around the club.

"The most important thing was for the family to mourn. Knowing that now, hopefully the pilot will be found and his family can mourn. It has been difficult but we have stuck together and our gaffer said after the game, 'This one was for Sala'."

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Silva applauds Watford's 'good strategy' after defeat at fired-up Hornets' nest

Marco Silva has applauded former club Watford for creating a fiery atmosphere on his return to Vicarage Road.

Silva, whose position as Everton manager is under mounting scrutiny after Watford consigned his side to their third consecutive Premier League defeat, was given a hostile reception on Saturday.

First, Hornets club captain Troy Deeney stoked the fire by calling on his team-mates to "kick the s***" out of Everton.

Then, Al Wilson's 1960s classic, 'The Snake', was among Watford's pre-match song selection at Vicarage Road.

Silva, who was sacked by Watford 13 months ago amid suggestions he had attempted to engineer a move to Everton, also faced a series of derogatory chants from the home supporters.

"It was clear the strategy during the week and for sure it was not a players' strategy or a manager's strategy," said Silva. "It was something more than that.

"To be honest with you, my opinion is that it was a good strategy when you create something for everyone to all go in one way.

"Eighty to 90 per cent of the people don't really know the truth – what I am telling you is that I was really welcomed by the people who know me and my work at this club – all of them.

"To know more or less the truth is what is important to me."

Everton have lost nine of their last 13 matches in all competitions, and on Sunday, it was reported that Leeds manager Marcelo Biesla has been identified as a potential replacement for Silva.

The Toffees are ninth in the table, four points adrift of Watford, having played one match more.
Everton enjoyed greater possession and more shots than Watford, but appeared a side devoid of confidence.

"Yes that is true, and it is not good to see," added Silva. "We created enough chances to achieve a different result.

"Some were in the six-yard box and we didn't score.

"It was lack of confidence in some moments, but if we put the ball in the net we can start to achieve the results and the confidence will change in the team."

For Watford, they have enjoyed a steady season under Javi Gracia and can afford to have one eye on a seventh-place finish and qualification for Europe.

Andre Gray, who was rarely used by Silva during his tenure at Watford, scored the winner after 65 minutes, his first in the league since September.

"We just want to test ourselves and see how far we can go this season," he said. "We are going to try and win every game."

Four people were arrested after an altercation outside Vicarage Road following the match left two men needing hospital treatment. The injured men sustained cuts and bruises to their faces, according to
Hertfordshire Constabulary.

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