2020/21 has been a bit of a nightmare season for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone.
The Italian started the campaign with Fiorentina, where had been since January 2020, but just couldn’t force his way into the starting XI.
He had been due to spend the full season with the Serie A outfit, but was recalled by Wolves in January.
The horrible injury to Raul Jimenez meant he got a small chance to prove he could cover for the Mexican at Molineux.
But a loan move was quickly sanctioned for Willian Jose, and Cutrone then headed on loan to Valencia, where he’s made just four appearances so far totalling just 55 minutes of time on the pitch.
So it’s been a season of upheaval and frustration for the 23-year-old, but last night brought some rare joy for the player.
Cutrone was on target twice for the Italy U21s against Slovenia in a 4-0 win.
His first came from the spot, and his second was an absolute cracker into the top corner from the edge of the box.
He did also miss a penalty in the game, but it was largely a good night’s work from the former AC Milan player.
One gets the feeling he really needed a good performance and a goal under his belt.
He may not see many minutes back at Valencia, but hopefully the player will take confidence his latest international showing.