Nuno Espirito Santo is confident £20m signing Patrick Cutrone will succeed at Wolves – because of his determination to improve.
The 21-year-old striker became the first Italian to play for Wolves when he came off the bench in Thursday’s 4-0 win at FC Pyunik in the Europa League third qualifying round. Cutrone didn’t need long to make an early impression too as he won the penalty in time added on scored by fellow substitute Ruben Neves.
Cutrone has been brought in to provide competition for first-choice strike duo Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota after the departures of Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro. Wolves boss Nuno has already seen plenty about the former AC Milan forward to realise he will rest at nothing to improve his game. “Patrick (Cutrone) has talent, he’s a young boy but he has talent and he has tremendous will to improve and that’s the more important thing,” said the head coach. “This is the mentality on a daily basis of always wanting to learn things, become a better player, a better human being.”
Nuno is also satisfied with the way fellow new boys Jesus Vallejo, Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao have bedded into their new surroundings. Centre back Vallejo, who is on loan from Real Madrid, was an unused substitute in Armenia, while winger Neto and midfielder Jordao remained behind at Compton as they adjust to life in England after two seasons at Lazio.
“We’re very happy with all the new players. Jesus, the young boys Pedro and Bruno also came so we are trying to build a strong squad,” added Nuno. “The new players are adapting. One of the things that the squad have received them well and welcomed them – that is the first aspect. Then, comes my job on the pitch to integrate them and expect the best of them.”
Wolves failed to add to their squad on transfer deadline when they couldn’t agree personal terms with midfielder Franck Kessie after their £26m bid was accepted by AC Milan. A deal to sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina went the same way after agreement couldn’t be reached on the terms of the permanent transfer following a season-long loan.
Reflecting on Wolves’ summer business, Nuno was more concerned at keeping his squad intact. “One of the most important things was that the base of the squad, the core of the squad was maintained and stays together,” he said. “We started in the Championship, then last season and this season and I truly believe as time goes by, the better we can become, and we can improve. I’m happy on that aspect.”