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Flashback: Patrick Cutrone weak compared to Wolverhamton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez

According to notable transfer expert Duncan Castles, this summer’s transfer window is likely to be a ‘depressed’ one compared to previous years amid the current suspension to football, largely around the world. With that in mind and the fact there’s nothing to give us a footballing fix, the Transfer Tavern are doing their best to remind their readers how some of their club’s fans reacted to the biggest signings of this season in order to focus on what’s been before us, rather than the uncertainty ahead. 

Make no mistake, Patrick Cutrone was a big transfer for Wolverhampton Wanderers when he joined the club from AC Milan in 2019. 27 goals in 90 appearances for one of the biggest clubs in Italian football as well as being an under-21 international, all by the tender age of 21, shows you he possessed a good amount of quality. So, you can understand the excitement that some Wolves fans displayed when he moved to the Midlands.

Well, five months on from him joining the club, the Italian made a swift exit and returned to Serie A, telling you everything you need to know about his time at Molineux. Indeed, he managed to score three goals and assist just four more in 24 appearances under Nuno Espirito Santo, an underwhelming return (via Transfermarkt).

However, it wasn’t his attacking contribution which saw him leave so soon. Compared to Raul Jimenez, the Italian was proving to be incredibly feeble especially in his attempts to defend from the front. While the Mexican averages the joint-third most fouls per Premier League game (1.1), Cutrone managed just 0.4, as per WhoScored. It really highlights how hard the former Benfica man has worked in order to stop opposition teams build attacks compared to the 22-year-old.

His comments following his move away seem to suggest a breakdown in relationship with the Wolves manager. The centre-forward claimed Santo was favouring players ‘who had been loyal to him’ when he commented on his lack of starts (via TEAMtalk). The ace’s time with the team showed he wasn’t quite a match for Jimenez and that fans jumped the gun in getting excited when he joined the club.

Wolves fans, where do you think it went wrong for Cutrone? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Article title: Flashback: Patrick Cutrone weak compared to Wolverhamton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez

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