Old-school number nines are few and far between in an era dominated by smaller, agile and all-action forwards capable of playing not just through the middle but on the left and the right too.
So the rise of Patrick Cutrone should be particularly refreshing for anyone feeling a little nostalgic for the heady days of the 6ft-something, fox in the box.
The AC Milan academy graduate is a true one-touch finisher. He might not have the perfect first touch or the ability to float past opponents in the blinking of an eye but, if you give him service, Cutrone will find the back of the net more often than not.
He scored 18 times in his first ever season in Milan’s first team during 2017/18 and added another nine last time out, despite spending half of the year on the bench after the January arrival or Krzysztof Piatek.
And, according to the Express and Star, Milan’s financial problems could see Cutrone swap the San Siro for Molineux. Wolves are apparently in advanced talks and are increasingly confident of landing a 21-year-old striker who, despite his age and unlimited potential, is expected to cost less than £22 million.
Who would have thought when Wolves were stuck in the middle of the Championship with Joe Mason and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson up top that they’d be on the verge of signing an Italian international striker from AC Milan just a few years later?
Yeah man he looks a great player from what I've seen hopefully it comes off! I suppose it all depends on money if Milan are struggling with ffp?— jon sprague (@jonnysprague) July 19, 2019
A 21 year old Italian international from AC that has recently had a season where he scored 1 in 2 in Serie A? That's underwhelming? What are you expecting exactly?— Scotchtape (@ScottHaines19) July 19, 2019
This kid is a tremendous prospect who will be a great bench striker this season. He's likely to be triple in value in 2 years too.— Marc Anthony Sousa (@marchellagetsit) July 19, 2019
If ever there was a fox in the box. Seen his goal reel?— Ian Stephenson (@IanComposer70) July 19, 2019
YES. Make it so.— Ian Lockley (@PSNAmphlett) July 19, 2019
Am I dreaming? Is this really @Wolves we're talking about? I recall the days under Colin Lee, Glenn (I refuse to say his say his name), and other also-rans.
Cutrone would be better than rondon— Tommy (@ThomasS33390355) July 19, 2019
All the yes’s— Thomas Mason (@popodomtom) July 18, 2019
He's obviously not lol he's got a decent scoring record for AC Milan and he's like 21 so he's deffo not a Rafa mir— ◼️ (@adamBriant1993) July 18, 2019
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