Matt Jarvis praised Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Patrick Cutrone for his performance on Thursday night, despite his team suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Braga.
Wolves kicked off their Europa League group with a home defeat to Liga Nos outfit Braga, who soaked up defensive pressure and scored on the counter attack through Ricardo Horta in the second-half.
It leaves Nuno Espirito Santo’s side with plenty of work in their remaining five group games, but they should still be confident of progressing in Europe if they can rediscover their form.
The West Midlands outfit are going through a slump right now, as they have no wins from their opening five league games too.
There are a number of defensive errors that keep costing the team, while going forward they need to find their ruthless streak again.
Ex-Wolves winger Jarvis singled out Cutrone for praise after his display in the Europa League.
Cutrone is slowly forcing his way more into the first-team plans following his summer arrival from AC Milan and he played alongside Raul Jimenez against Braga.
The 21-year-old was a serious attacking threat that showed an immense work-rate and great hold up play, but unfortunately his finishing let him down.
“I think he’s (Cutrone) done extremely well tonight. He’s worked hard for the team, he’s put himself about and he’s had great chances,” Jarvis said on BT Sport’s ESPN channel (10:10pm, 19 September).
“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.”
It didn’t quite happen for Cutrone in front of goal against Braga, but all the signs are there that he can be a top player for them and there is definitely more to come.
The Italian worked his socks off in attack and was unfortunate that his performance was not rewarded with a goal.
He has certainly added some extra quality to the squad in the forward department, which should allow Nuno to rotate his options more alongside Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto.
Cutrone has been directly involved in four goals in his opening nine Wolves games and he’s someone that should only keep progressing.