Wolves will reign above all over Patrick Cutrone, says Nuno


Patrick Cutrone de Wolverhampton Wanderers (AMA)

Italy center-forward Cutrone has been surprisingly recalled from his Fiorentina loan and brought back to Nuno’s squad as Raul Jimenez recovers from surgery for a fractured skull.

The Wolves were thought to be seeing him as a fallback option while examining potential attackers in the near term this month, but the situation is now reversed.

Nuno admits the reintroduction of the 23-year-old to the squad makes a new face less likely.

“Yes, exactly that. Let’s take stock in the meantime, ”said the Portuguese, who also recalled midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White ahead of the FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace.

“When the transfer window is open, we have to assess all situations – even if it’s the other way around.

“Who says a club can’t knock on your door and say they want one of your players?

“You have to be ready, so it is. But exactly, those main decisions were based on what we need now, and let’s see.

It is not yet known whether Cutrone will feature in the third round match against Palace, as Wolves wait to receive international clearance.

However, he was given a team number, No 23, and Nuno says the striker is “happy to join”.

The former AC Milan man, who was signed in the summer of 2019 for £ 16million, was loaned to Fiorentina last January in preparation for a permanent move.

However, amid suggestions of a permanent deal sparked over a number of starts, he endured a frustrating time with La Viola and mostly confined himself to replacement appearances.

“At first I think he’s happy to join us,” Nuno said.

“We spoke to Patrick and Morgan before assessing and deciding the situation, and they were happy, happy to join us. Let’s work together.

“Everyone, every day has a new start. It’s a new start, for Patrick too.

“It didn’t work for a lot of reasons before and everyone knew what happened.

“But there was never a problem, he never had a problem, he integrated well into the team.

“He was a good boy, so let’s work together. He’s in good shape because he hasn’t had too many minutes on the pitch.

“Life teaches a lot and gives you good lessons.

“I hope he had a good learning time during this bad time for him.

Meanwhile, Nuno reiterated Adama Traore’s importance to wolves and dismissed any suggestions he might move elsewhere this month.

As to whether he’s happy with the way the Spaniard is progressing and wants to keep him, Nuno said: “Of course.

“He’s a huge player, a unique player in the world. He’s so talented, fantastic. “

Nuno also insists that Traore is happy with his situation, although he has yet to agree on a new contract, and has challenged the winger to keep improving as he seeks his first goal of the season.

“Yes he is, although he should be doing better. He will play (against Palace) and should do better. A challenge for him, ”added Nuno.


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