Wolverhampton Wanderers ended their Europa League group stage campaign on a high with a stunning 4-0 win over Turkish outfit Besiktas on Thursday night – but Wolves fans felt sympathy for striker Patrick Cutrone.
Cutrone, 21, has struggled at Wolves since joining the club from AC Milan in the summer, after putting pen to paper on a £63,000-a-week deal (Spotrac). He has scored just three goals in 23 games for the club – though 14 of those have been as a sub.
The former Milan ace was handed a rare start by Nuno Espirito Santo on Thursday night, with Wolves already having qualified for the knockout stages of the competition. They could finish top of the group, if Braga failed to beat Slavan Bratislava.
It took Wolves until the hour mark, with Cutrone huffing and puffing but failing to find the back of the net. Diogo Jota was introduced, and the rest is history. He scored his first goal in the 58th minute, and completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute.
Leander Dendoncker also got his name on the scoresheet to score Wolves’ third, but it was their fourth goal that was arguably the best – as Cutrone turned on the style with a lovely flick and Oskar Burr provided a stunning assist.
Wolves fans reacted on Twitter to Cutrone’s performance, with the striker likely to be somewhat frustrated that he failed to find the back of the net with Besiktas fielding a very-much weakened side. Most, though, felt sorry for him and that he played well.
The old jotas back there’s no one quite like him when he’s on his game , felt a bit for cutrone nothing quite came off for him but it will turn just like his has for Diogo ! Sky’s the limit with these players and manager 🐺
— karl moore (@karlmoo51135453) December 13, 2019
Feel for cutrone. Doing lots right but just not falling for him. #wwfc
— Stuart Polak (@stu_polak82) December 13, 2019
Probably only Besiktas reserves but plenty of encouragement to take from that result. Cutrone may not have got on the scoresheet but further proof he's got all the attributes of a top player in the making. Good to see Oscar Burr back in from the cold too
— Ian Powell (@Wolves_Ian) December 12, 2019
Good to see Jota has found his goalscoring touch again. Shame Cutrone couldn't get one away, performance deserved one. Job done #wwfc
— Liam Flecknor (@LiamFleck) December 12, 2019
Great 2nd half tonight. My old man shouting "why is he sending Jota on. There's no need"… 13 minutes to bag a hat-trick 😂😂😂
Oscar Burr impressed as well tonight. Cutrone couldn't have done any more to score. Onto the knockout stages 🐺🐺🐺🐺
— Tom Wooding (@TomWooding7) December 12, 2019
Great win tonight, was gutted for Cutrone not scoring but get in! What a time to be alive, my club in the last 32 of the Europa league ❤
— Joe Ellement (@joeellement) December 12, 2019