£16m man left out of squad and denied shirt number after Rangers links
Patrick Cutrone was left out of Wolves’ Premier League opener this weekend after Rangers were offered the opportunity to rescue the £16 million man from his Black Country purgatory, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
It speaks volumes about how far Cutrone’s star has fallen that head coach Bruno Lage would rather go striker-less than hand the forgotten man of Molineux another fresh start.
Raul Jimenez’s absence meant Wolves did not have a single centre-forward at their disposal during Saturday’s league opener away at Leeds United. Well, not one that Lage plans on using, that is.
Cutrone, technically speaking, is still a Wolves player. Not for much longer, however.
Then again, with less than 12 months left on his contract, Wolves appear to have given up hope of recouping a anything resembling a sizeable portion of their £16 million investment.
Rangers-linked Patrick Cutrone has no future at Wolves
Suggestions that Cutrone has been ‘offered’ to Rangers, per Football Scotland, is a reflection of just how desperate things have become. This is no slight on one of Britain’s biggest clubs, of course. Cutrone, after just seven goals during a series of loan spells, would be lucky to get a chance at Ibrox.
But when your representatives are frantically trying to find you a new club with just a few weeks of the window remaining, you know things have gone quite badly wrong.
Cutrone hasn’t even got a squad number to call his own. His old number 23 shirt is now the property of Max Kilman. And, according to The Athletic, there does not appear to be any way back at this stage.
“Now, we have to find a solution for Patrick,” admitted the former AC Milan forward’s agent, Federico Pastorello, at the start of the summer. “No longer on loan because we are finally entering the last year with Wolverhampton.”
With three weeks until the window closes, a ‘solution’ to long-standing problem remains elusive.
It’s hard to imagine Rangers coming to Cutrone’s rescue either. Not with Alfredo Morelos sticking around. Antonio Colak, meanwhile, opened his Gers account against Kilmarnock this weekend.
There’s simply no room at the Ibrox Inn for a man once seen as one of Europe’s next-best number nines. How times change.
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