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Gary O'Neil explains his tough decision to drop Wolves midfielder

Wolves boss Gary O'Neil has revealed how 'incredibly tough' it has been to drop Tommy Doyle, but says the midfielder is right in the mix to earn his spot back.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Gary O'Neil

The 22-year-old starred for Wolves over a spell of games in the New Year, but has lost his place in the last three games after Mario Lemina and Joao Gomes were available to renew their partnership.

Although Doyle is now fighting for a way back in, O'Neil insists the 22-year-old has proven he is good enough at this level.

"It was an incredibly tough chat with Tommy," O'Neil said.

"To leave somebody out who has performed that well is never an easy conversation to have.

"The way Tommy is, he's a great guy and has been unbelievable around the place for the culture and what we're trying to set here. The way he is every day is really refreshing.