Former Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone has been discussing his time at Molineux this week, and his comments hardly spell good news for manager Nuno Santo or any new players they may sign before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The Italian striker initially joined the west Midlands side in a £16m deal from AC Milan, but he soon found himself struggling to make an impact behind Nuno’s tried and tested favourite, Raul Jimenez.
Cutrone played 24 times for the old gold, averaging just 35.8 minutes per game and still managed to find the net on three occasions, per Transfermarkt.
However, it quickly became apparent that his Portuguese boss just didn’t fancy him, resulting in his abrupt departure earlier this month.
Speaking about his six-month spell at Wolves to La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, the 22-year-old said:
“I went to Wolverhampton with a lot of enthusiasm. The fans loved me, they dedicated a chant to me. In the end, I scored three goals from few minutes played, but I found a manager who preferred to rely on his loyalists.”
Patrick Cutrone, Fiorentina striker.
These comments are quite the revelation and should be a word of warning to any new signing they manage to break in before the end of the week.
Nuno’s current system primarily operates with just one striker, aided by two wingers who act as an inside forward in the half-spaces – a 3-4-3 of sorts.
Therefore, it is hard to rotate options, especially when their Mexican frontman continues to impress in front of goal having scored 20 times in all competitions.
The Portuguese’s reluctance to use Cutrone is damning towards the prospects of anyone signed to fill his void, he certainly didn’t hold back with his comments, saying that Nuno preferred his “loyalists.”
Earlier this month, he claimed that the manager didn’t trust him in a previous interview with Labaroviola and here he is taking another swipe at Nuno.
It’s hardly an encouraging sign, is it?
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