Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that summer signing Patrick Cutrone is still adapting to life in the Black Country but has commended his attitude and feels that there is still plenty to come from the striker.
Speaking to Sky Sports about Cutrone’s time at Wolves so far, Nuno said: “He’s integrating into the dynamic of the team. It’s not easy to be already where we expect him to be. It takes time but the best thing is he’s on to it, he wants it, he works hard. We’re expecting good things from him.”
Even with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota already scoring 14 times between this season, Cutrone has been given opportunities at Wolves, having made seven starts prior to tonight’s Carabao Cup meeting with Aston Villa.
However, he has failed to score in any of those, with his only goal coming off the bench in the 2-5 defeat to Chelsea in September. He has managed four assists thus far for Wolves, but three of those came in the Europa League qualifying tie against FC Pyunik in the first two weeks of August.
He has started frequently during October, being named in the line-ups for the Premier League games against Manchester City and Southampton, as well as last week’s Europa League clash away to Slovan Bratislava. [via WhoScored]
However, he managed only three shots across the former two games before being substituted in both, while he was taken off at half-time in Slovakia after failing to manage a shot and completing just five of his 10 attempted passes, as per WhoScored.
Cutrone may try to take encouragement from previous years where he eventually came good after a quiet first half of the campaign – after scoring in his first two Serie A games in 2017/18, he didn’t find the net for another five months but then hit eight goals in his last 14 league appearances that season. [via TransferMarkt]
Cutrone’s record of one goal in 16 Wolves appearances does not make for good reading, while his ineffective performance against Slovan Bratislava has probably further dented his chances of regularly displacing Jimenez or Jota in the starting line-up.
However, having started in the previous round of the Carabao Cup against Reading, a match for which Nuno made 10 changes, he might be given the nod again at Villa Park tonight. If so, he could do with finding the net to try and get his season properly kick-started.
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