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Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone still goalless at Empoli

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Patrick Cutrone has not had the greatest of starts to his loan spell with Empoli.

The Italian is spending the season with the Serie A club after featuring for Wolves in pre-season.

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Bruno Lage actually challenged Cutrone to prove his worth at Molineux.

But he departed, suggesting it was more his decision to head out on loan.

That was fair enough, given the fact he was brought back from his loan at Fiorentina last season only to head out again to Valencia.

But so far, it hasn’t been a particularly productive spell for the 23-year-old.

He has made six appearances for the club, and is yet to get off the mark.

He started the first four league games, but then found himself benched for the match against Cagliari.

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Cutrone then got just 11 minutes in the most recent game against Bologna.

Empoli have won their last two games in which Cutrone has started on the bench. They lost three of the opening four when he did start.

According to WhoScored, Cutrone’s passing accuracy is just 61% so far, and he’s only winning 0.4 aerial duels per 90.

He’s having 1.8 shots per game, so he has had chances, but is seemingly lacking that cutting edge up so far.

Wolves need Cutrone to step up soon

Obviously, it’s still early days for Cutrone at Empoli.

Maybe he is still settling and getting used to new team tactics and teammates.

Wolves will hope he manages to get that first goal soon.

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This is a chance for Cutrone to increase his market value, a bit like Rafa Mir did with Huesca.

Wolves spent £16 million to sign Cutrone (BBC Sport) and would ideally like to recoup as much of that fee as possible next year. Assuming, of course, they decide not to keep him/the player doesn’t want to stay at Molineux.