Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has said that the club must make the most out of summer signing Patrick Cutrone.
The 21-year-old forward joined the club from AC Milan in the summer for a fee of £16.2m (Transfermarkt) and has played 14 games for the club since. Despite only scoring one goal, Nuno has praised the forward for his attitude and claims that the club must “take advantage” of the improving forward.
Speaking to the Express and Star, the Portuguese coach said: “His characteristics, he’s a fighter, and we appreciate it.
“He’s been working very well for the team. He’s a player that brings a lot of energy when he goes on the pitch. You have to take advantage of it while expecting him to improve – keep growing as a player.”
When Patrick Cutrone joined in the summer, it would be fair to say that Wolves pulled off a bit of a coup – even if his start hasn’t bought fireworks just yet.
According to Transfermarkt, he was valued at £25.2m when Wolves bought him for the fraction of the price, so they will still feel like they got good value for the player.
Martin Laurence from WhoScored wrote an article for the Guardian before the start of the season saying that he could “prove a real coup”, but he was a hot prospect that went off the boil, only scoring three in his last campaign for Milan.
So far, with club-record signing Raul Jimenez mainly leading the line for Wolves it has been difficult for Cutrone to get a foothold into this season. Cutrone has started just the two matches and has played just 220 minutes across seven games, so it hasn’t been ideal circumstances for the Italian to start banging in goals.
He has struggled with only 1.1 shot averaged per game, as well as only contributing 0.1 key passes per match, however, he has shown glimpses of quality with his goal, as well as winning a fair few fouls with one averaged per game and impressive ball control with only 0.7 unsuccessful touches per game (all stats per WhoScored).
While his stats don’t make for the prettiest of readings, it is fair to say that Cutrone is very early on his Wolves career and he hasn’t had the best of opportunities to really impress at the club yet.
At 21, Nuno is making all the right comments about the forward who clearly has a lot of talent, so hopefully, by nudging him in the right direction it might begin to click for the player and Wolves.
As previously reported by Transfer Tavern, lots of Wolves fans have already taken to the Italian after he was seen taking pictures and giving his shirt to a disabled fan after a match. Some fans described him as a ‘great bloke’ and a potential ‘cult hero’ – so it seems he has them onside already. Now it is just about trying to get a run in the first team and delivering with goals.
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