Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone is spending the season on loan with Empoli in his native Italy.

Bruno Lage said at the time of the move that Cutrone was not happy at Wolves during pre-season.

He needed to go away and rediscover his scoring touch but it has not worked out that way so far.

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He has just one goal in 12 matches in all competitions so far and was an unused substitute in their most recent game against Hellas Verona.

Before that, he played just 28 and 45 minutes respectively in their last two matches.

 

The signs are that he is slipping out of favour and his goal record means he cannot have too many complaints.

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Cutrone broke his 15-month scoring drought last month in a 4-2 win over Salernitana, but could not build on it.

In Empoli’s next league game, Cutrone had just nine touches in 66 minutes against Inter.

Now his starting prospects are looking bleaker, and it is fair to say that the loan is not working out as planned so far.

There was an argument for keeping Cutrone around as a third choice striker this season, but his form on loan suggests that he would not have made much impact in the Premier League.

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