Patrick Cutrone reveals the biggest reason for his struggles at Wolves
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Patrick Cutrone reveals the biggest reason for his struggles at Wolves

Patrick Cutrone left Wolves this summer following a very underwhelming stint at Molineux.

The striker first joined the club from AC Milan in the summer of 2019 for a reported fee of £16 million. The feeling at the time was that Wolves had secured one of the most talented young players from Italy.

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But Cutrone would ultimately fail to live up to the hype.

He joined the club at the same time as Raul Jimenez, who would go on to become a real favourite at Molineux.

The Mexican quickly established himself as the main striker at the club, leaving Cutrone battling for minutes.

He was fighting a losing battle, and the Italian then joined Fiorentina on loan.

He was supposed to spend a couple of seasons there, but he was recalled by Wolves in January 2020 to provide some cover for the injured Jimenez.

Just a few weeks later following the arrival of Willian Jose, Cutrone headed out on loan again, this time to Valencia where he barely played.

Cutrone then spent last season on loan at Empoli, which was really his last chance to prove himself to the Wolves hierarchy.

This summer, Cutrone joined Serie B side Como, and the star has been reflecting on his underwhelming stint at Wolves.

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He believes the lack of continuity really hindered him.

He said (Daily Mail): “It was the first team after Milan, so far from home.

“I was alone. With my girlfriend, it was our first months together and sometimes it isn’t the right time to live together. Sometimes my family my friends [would visit] but the rest of the time I was alone.

“At first I felt good because I was playing. When you play you are happy. When you start to not play, you feel in your head something wrong. I understood the coach preferred someone else and the model was not good for me.

“For a striker, when you play with no continuity it’s difficult. For me it’s the most important thing. I’ve had issues with form because I didn’t play so much.”

Patrick Cutrone has a point, but he also just didn’t show enough for Wolves

It is always important that strikers get time.

It is very difficult to build momentum when you are in and out of the team, and Cutrone did struggle to get that under Nuno Espirito Santo.

The presence of Jimenez wasn’t particularly good for him though.

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The star was so good in his first couple of seasons at Molineux that there was no way he could be dropped.

It was on Cutrone to make a case to start and then stay in the team and he just wasn’t able to do that, with Jimenez clearly more effective and perhaps just better suited to the Premier League.