Patrick Cutrone might have missed two clear chances as Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten by Braga in their Europa League opener at Molineux, but Matt Jarvis still found reasons to be upbeat about Nuno’s new striker (BT Sport, 19 September, 8:00pm).
The Italian international became the latest exciting young talent to join the Wolves revolution this summer when he arrived in the Black Country from AC Milan for £16 million, as reported by the Guardian.
But a player who joined with a reputation for being a natural-born goalscorer has struggled to hit the back of the net so far in Old Gold. Cutrone has one in nine games so far and he failed to hit the target twice from presentable positions as Ricardo Horta’s goal sealed a shock win for Braga at Molineux.
Yet Jarvis isn’t going to give up hope any time soon.
“I think he’s done extremely well tonight. He’s worked hard for the team, he’s put himself about and he’s had great chances,” said the former Wolves winger.
“He’s just been unfortunate. He’s been in the right places and put himself in the right positions to create goals and he’s just not been able to finish them off tonight.”
Jarvis has a point. Cutrone was a threat with his movement in the final third but he really ought to have hit the target at least once, particularly at the end of the first half when he fired wide after bursting through on goal.
It would be a far bigger worry, however, if Cutrone wasn’t getting in those positions in the first place.
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