Wolves boss Nuno Santo praises Patrick Cuntrone’s unique characteristics

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Wolves manager Nuno Santo has heaped glowing praise onto summer signing Patrick Cutrone for the impact he’s had amongst the team so far this season.

What’s he said?

The Italian striker joined the club for £16m from AC Milan at the end of July but has been restricted to minimal game time, starting only two Premier League matches.

Across all competitions, the 21-year-old is averaging just under 38 minutes per game and has scored just the one goal.

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However, this hasn’t stopped his manager from talking him up despite his lack of involvement.

In a recent interview with the Express & Star, Nuno answered “yes” to whether he thought Cutrone offered the team something different, before saying:

“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.”

An essential member of the squad, nonetheless

Even though the goals haven’t been flying in for Cutrone over at Molineux, he’s still winning his plaudits from the old gold faithful and, more importantly, where it matters most with the manager.

Wolves are having to endure a strenuous campaign after qualifying for the Europa League group stages with an impressive six straight wins – most of the games coming before a ball had even been kicked in the Premier League.

They’ve also got the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup to compete in on top of that.

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Therefore, two games per week is going to become the norm for the west Midlands club over the next few months, at least.

This bodes well for the Italy U21 striker as he should get plenty of opportunities as the season goes on as some players will need to be rested – for instance, Raul Jimenez has now played well over 40 games for club and country in 2019 alone.

That’s one reason why he was signed in the summer so that he can add vital depth to Nuno’s squad.

These latest comments from the Portuguese chief should serve as further encouragement because if he offers the team something that nobody else can, then he is even more likely to be called upon.

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