Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone is one of a few players that are unlikely to feature in Bruno Lage’s plans next season.
The Italian spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Empoli, with Wolves hopeful he’d be able to get things back on track.
Cutrone joined Wanderers from AC Milan for £16 million in 2019, and hopes were really high for a player who was one of the most exciting prospects in Italian football at the time.
But the star never really cut it for the Wanderers’ first-team, and the arrival of Raul Jimenez at the club really didn’t help his cause.
Cutrone has now had a few loan spells away from Molineux, his latest being with Empoli.
Last term, he scored just three goals in 31 appearances for the club.
That was a pretty underwhelming return, and it seems Wolves will be ready to hear offers for the player this summer.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Cutrone is ‘highly unlikely’ to feature in Lage’s first-team plans for next season. The same is said for Hayao Kawabe, who only signed for the club in January, and Bruno Jordao.
Interestingly, last summer, Lage actually urged Cutrone to stay put at Wolves and prove himself to supporters.
He said: “If you want to change something it’s not the change I give to you in training and in games, the people, you never play here and you have a song. They’re waiting for you. It’s true. Go there and show something for the people, that’s the job.”
Shortly after that though, Cutrone made his move back to Italy.
And it seems Lage is now not ready to turn to the 24-year-old.
Wolves will have to take a big hit on Patrick Cutrone
This update on Cutrone does not come as too much of a surprise.
He had a lot of work to do this season to prove himself as a potential option for Wolves going forwards.
But it was not a productive season for Cutrone. And it is highly questionable whether he’d be the man to help solve Wanderers’ goalscoring issues.
It is looking like the club will have to accept a fairly low offer for Cutrone this summer.