Patrick Cutrone’s decision to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers has been labelled as a ‘difficult choice’ that left the player struggling to find himself.
Cutrone joined Wolves in a £16.2m deal from AC Milan in July 2019 after impressing with the Serie A side after being promoted from their youth ranks.
His time in the Black Country proved to be a disastrous one, though, with him managing just three goals and four assists in 28 games at the club.
His initial spell lasted just six months before he was shipped out to Fiorentina in January 2020, while the following summer he was sent to Valencia.
He returned from that spell in Spain and was given a chance by Wolves again before being shipped back to Italy with Empoli.
None of those spells have worked out for him so far, with just five goals for Fiorentina, two for Empoli and none for Valencia.
It’s been a downward spiral for the striker, who had shown such promise with Milan and their Primavera side, and journalist Luca Serafini has criticised the move to Wolves as a result.
“He had crazy numbers in those three seasons; he also solved important Coppa Italia matches,” Milan News report him saying to Milan TV.
“Then, as sometimes happens, especially among young players, there is a moment of choices, and the one for Wolverhampton was a complicated choice.
“Afterwards, you struggle to find yourself, which then also conditions the subsequent choices.”
That, though, seems a little unfair on Cutrone. For those that can’t remember, he didn’t particularly want to leave Milan when they sold him.
In fact, he was pictured at the airport and visibly crestfallen at the move happening, given his association with Milan since he was a youngster.
It was very much a move that was pushed by the Italian side, whose financial situation meant they couldn’t turn down Wolves when they came calling.
Criticising Cutrone for the move, then, feels over the top as given the choice, it was clear at the time he wouldn’t have been heading to Wolves and, given how things have gone since, we’re sure he’d say the same now.
Sadly things didn’t work out that way but putting the blame on the striker’s shoulders is not how this failed transfer should really be viewed.