Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone almost got his loan stint at Empoli off to the perfect start.
The 23-year-old was named on the bench against Vicenza, in yesterday’s Coppa Italia clash.
Despite having a decent amount of involvement for Wolves in pre-season, Cutrone was not selected to start by manager Aurelio Andreazzoli.
But he did get on in the second-half, replacing Nedim Bajrami with around half an hour to go.
At that point, Empoli were 3-2 up in the game.
He’d have been very keen to open his account, and Cutrone thought he’d got off the mark for his new club when he turned in Leonardo Mancuso’s cross from the right wing.
But the former AC Milan star had just strayed slightly, resulting in an offside call.
His actual gathering of the ball and quick finish was the mark of someone who has looked fairly sharp in pre-season.
Sadly for Cutrone it couldn’t stand, but Empoli did eventually score a fourth through Giovanni Crociata.
It wasn’t quite the perfect start for Cutrone, but the way he tucked home was good.
Hopefully, this move will be good for all parties.
Cutrone needs to play regular football again after a bit of a nightmare 2020/21 season.
Potentially, Wolves could look to get him back involved with the first-team in 2022/23.
Failing that, maybe he can make the club a bit of money in the transfer market.