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Patrick Cutrone should replace Wolves teammate Raul Jimenez against Torino

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Patrick Cutrone should replace Wolves teammate Raul Jimenez against Torino

Wolverhampton Wanderers face Torino on Thursday night in the first leg of a Europa League play-off tie, where the winners will progress to the group stages of the competition.

They have to travel to Italy for the first leg and are up against a Torino side that finished seventh in Serie A last season, so should prove to be a stern test.

It’s important that the West Midlands club stay in the contest and came out of the away leg with a positive result to take back to Molineux a week later.

There is an argument to suggest Wolves should name their strongest XI, but their fixtures are beginning to pile up already this campaign and they drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Monday night.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo needs to make the full use of his squad, which is why he should promote summer addition Patrick Cutrone to the XI and put faith in him.

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Wolves signed Cutrone in the summer from AC Milan for £16million (BBC) and he’s joined to provide extra options in attack.


The 21-year-old centre-forward has impressed so far with three assists in just four games, but has only one start under his belt and is having to be patient.

Raul Jimenez is the first-choice striker at Wolves with four goals in six games across all competitions so far this campaign, but he should be given a rest against Torino and be kept as an emergency substitute.

The 28-year-old Mexican was back late from pre-season due to his participation in winning the Gold Cup in the Sumer with his nation and there is a risk of burning him out.

Cutrone gives Nuno the option to rotate in the final third and it could be a smart decision to give the new signing his biggest game in a Wolves shirt so far.

He’s a promising striker that is capable of leading the line with someone like Diogo Jota in behind him and has the experience of playing against Torino before.

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