Wolverhampton Wanderers’ reasoning for letting Patrick Cutrone leave the club this month has finally been revealed with The Athletic’s Tim Spiers talking on their latest transfer update podcast with Jacqui Oatley.
The Italian forward only joined the west Midlanders in the summer in a £16m deal from AC Milan, but seemingly struggled to adapt to life in England.
Cutrone played just 12 times in the Premier League with only three of those being starts, per Transfermarkt, while on the whole, he averaged 35 minutes playing time per game in all competitions.
Despite only having one other senior striker in Raul Jimenez, the decision-makers at Wolves decided to cash in on the 22-year-old, and now we know why.
Spiers claims it was a problem with his attitude, he said:
“With Cutrone, he basically wasn’t part of the plans anyway. If you look at the minutes he’s played since mid-October when he made his last start against Southampton at home when Nuno played 3-5-2 for one of the final times, since then he’s played only 13 minutes of league football. Although he’s been sat on the bench, you can say he’s just been filling a gap basically, because you’ve got to fill seven subs.
“Nuno decided a little while ago that Cutrone wasn’t for him, and while I wouldn’t say he was exactly a disruptive influence in the squad, what I would say is he was a negative, perhaps, sulking presence around the group, which Nuno just wont tolerate at all. He’s very much about professionalism and the right attitude. He places a big focus on that. So it was decided that when the offer game in from Fiorentina that hey they can get their money back here, £16m for someone who has failed in English football from what we’ve seen of him. It was too good to turn down really.”
Nuno Santo isn’t one to shirk away from tough decisions with him being compared to Sir Alex Ferguson in the past, whose notorious hair-dryer treatment was widely feared.
It appears as if Cutrone’s demeanour off the pitch was enough to put off the Portuguese boss from playing him and giving him a decent opportunity to impress, especially as Raul Jimenez has looked burnt out on more than one occasion this campaign.
The fact that the summer signing was only granted 13 minutes of league action in the previous three months speaks volumes, and it’s better to cash in on him now than in the summer, where his value would substantially decrease due to the lack of game time.
However, it does now leave the club awfully short of options in attack with the Mexican being the only senior player on the books that can play the role.
Wolves will be desperate to make additions in the attacking department with The Athletic claiming they expect to make at least two this month, although time is running out with just two weeks of the transfer window remaining.
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