When it’s come to recruiting new strikers in the last few years, Wolves have often got things disastrously wrong.
The anomaly is Raul Jimenez. The Mexican has been nothing short of sensational since moving to Molineux, scoring 47 goals in 110 outings.
The less said about Willian Jose the better. He joined on loan in January but is yet to score for the Old Gold in 10 appearances.
A similar failure has followed Patrick Cutrone. Once renowned as one of the most promising footballers in Italy, his career has gone downhill at a rate of knots.
Cutrone spent the first half of 2019/20 trying to break into the team and occasionally he looked promising, scoring three goals. However, the fact of the matter is that the forward hasn’t netted in Wolves colours since December 2019.
Of course, loan moves have subsequently followed to Fiorentina and Valencia, but that sums up Wolves’ attitude towards Cutrone.
He has often been the scapegoat, a man they look to cast aside rather than nurture. Unfortunately, the striker doesn’t have a particularly healthy relationship with Nuno Espirito Santo either.
Speaking about his Wolves career in the past, the £62.9k-per-week earner commented: “The fans loved me, they dedicated a chant to me. After all, I scored three goals in the few minutes I played. But I had a coach that preferred to focus on the ones who had been loyal to him.”
It was a sly dig from Cutrone, a player who has been rather harshly treated by Nuno.
The 23-year-old spent the opening half of this season on loan at Valencia but after failing to score in four outings, Wolves recalled him during the winter.
They viewed the Italian as someone who could offer cover in the absence of Jimenez, who sustained a fractured skull in November and hasn’t recovered sufficiently. However, after playing just 23 minutes of Premier League action, Cutrone was loaned to Fiorentina again.
His torrid tale has continued in his homeland, failing to score upon his return. As a result, Cutrone’s market value has unsurprisingly fallen since signing for Wolves.
He is now valued at just £9m by Transfermarkt, a decrease in value of 60% from when he first arrived in England.
Bearing in mind how his career at Wolves has gone, Jeff Shi will surely be looking to cast him aside for good in a few months time; it only feels right that they finally part ways.
That being said, they are very unlikely to make any form of profit.