To say Patrick Cutrone fancied a debut goal in Wolverhampton Wanderers colours was an understatement.
Coming off the bench in the second half in Wolves’ 4-0 Europa League thrashing of FC Pyunik in Armenia, their new number ten looked absolutely desperate to get himself on the score sheet.
A £16 million signing from AC Milan (the Independent), Cutrone spent 27 minutes haring around the pitch like a man possessed, hassling defenders like a dog chasing a tennis ball and sprinting into box in a desperate search for a loose ball or an inch-perfect pass.
And, with just seconds remaining, Cutrone got the chance he was dreaming of. At least, that’s what it seemed initially.
After bamboozling a dizzied full-back, the Italian international won a spot-kick in stoppage time, picked up the ball and strode towards the penalty spot.
But, at the last second, Cutrone handed the ball to Ruben Neves instead. Wolves might have been 3-0 up and cruising but Nuno Espirito Santo wasn’t in the mood for charity. Neves is the regular penalty taker and the manager wasn’t going to flout the rules for Cutrone.
Yet a thing as simple as firing the ball into the net from 18 yards could have settled down a new signing and allowed him to shake the proverbial monkey off his back.
It is not often the Wolves fans speak out against Nuno but this is a decision that might just have backfired.
Seems neves was happy for Cutrone to take the penalty. If it came from nuno that neves had to take it then for me that's poor management. Anyway. Great win. #wwfc— Dave Rawlings (@drawlings27) August 8, 2019
Happy with the performance.— (@ItsRobbieAyit) August 8, 2019
Had to settle in for a bit at the start but, as soon as Doc opened the scoring, it was a case of how many.
Shame Cutrone didn't get to take the penalty, after it appeared that Neves had allowed him. I assume Nuno overruled there.#WWFC #PYUWOL #UEL
I guess there’s 2 sides to the argument though, Neves is the pen taker but I still think cutrone should’ve been aloud it,— J.Fowls21WWFC (@fowls21wwfc) August 8, 2019
Who stopped cutrone having that pen then? Looked like neves was gonna let him have it. Gutted for him there #wwfc— Macca (@55_mccrystal) August 8, 2019
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