Patrick Cutrone displayed a tireless presence in Nuno Espirito Santo’s attack on Saturday, as Wolverhampton Wanderers drew at home to Southampton in a game dominated by VAR.
Wolves fell behind shortly after the break when Saints striker Danny Ings struck past Rui Patricio, with the 27-year-old converting his sixth and final effort of the day eight minutes before Raul Jimenez equalised from the spot, per WhoScored data.
Jimenez could have had a hat-trick to his name had it not been for the Video Assistant Referee (BBC), as the Mexican saw his first-half opener taken off the board for a handball, while his later close-range finish was ruled out after Cutrone was judged to have been in an offside position during the build-up.
The Express and Star described Jimenez’s game as a performance other strikers should look to follow as he kept trying his luck in the face of adversity, and eventually got his reward by keeping calm to fire home the equalising penalty.
Cutrone was not privy to the same acclaim, though, as the Wolverhampton-based evening newspaper rated the Italian’s efforts at six out of ten compared to Jimenez’s 8/10, despite praising the £16m summer arrival from AC Milan (BBC) for working his socks off.
The former Rossoneri forward’s energetic performance being rated a 6/10 put Cutrone alongside Ryan Bennett, Adama Traore, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Jonny Castro Otto on the cusp of out-performing the worst-rated Wolves man Conor Coady – the only starter to warrant a 5/10.
Como-born Cutrone was starved of service and linked up well with Jimenez when he could, though, and showed his attacking presence with as many efforts on Angus Gunn’s net as his Mexican strike partner, whose penalty was the only effort on target by Espirito Santo’s side not affected by VAR.
Cutrone also completed as many dribbles as Jimenez, and recorded the Molineux outfit’s only key pass of the day in the sixth minute, while penning a 77% pass success rate – his best as a starting player in the Premier League since facing Everton on September 1st.
The 21-year-old’s early key ball against the Saints was also his first since playing the Toffees at the start of last month, and came amid a new Wolves career-high pass tally of 13 for the Milan product.
He still has a little bit of work to do before becoming a regular on the scoresheet, but Cutrone was far more promising against Southampton than the Express and Star’s match rating warranted.
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