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January 3, 2020

Wolves boss Nuno admits he wishes he could give Cutrone more time

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he wishes he could give Patrick Cutrone more time to prove himself at Molineux. It’s understood the club are keen to keep faith with the Italy Under-21s striker after splashing out an initial £16m to AC Milan in the summer. The 22-year-old has played just 13 minutes’ Premier League football in two months as he has been forced to play second fiddle to Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore, Diogo Jota and now Pedro Neto. In total, the former AC Milan striker has scored three times in 24 appearances for Wolves, but has made just three…

Nuno: Wolves star Traore is ‘1,000%’ with right boss – but here’s how he can improve

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Adama Traore is ‘1,000 per cent’ with the right manager – but says he can improve after he was nominated as a contender for Premier League’s player of the month. Traore is one of eight contenders for the award after a tremendous December in which he terrorised Manchester City and Tottenham, scoring against both. “How can he improve? A lot of things,” said head coach Nuno. “We did 32 crosses to the box [in the 2-1 defeat against Watford]. There are two parts to that: who crosses, and who is in the box. “We…

Nuno admits to feeling ‘grief’ at semi-final loss as Wolves up for Cup again

Nuno Espirito Santo admits he felt a sense of ‘grief’ from Wolves’ last FA Cup game, like losing a loved one. The Cup semi-final defeat against Watford at Wembley when Wolves were beaten 3-2 after leading 2-0 at Wembley left the head coach heartbroken, as he revealed before Saturday’s third round tie at home to Manchester United. “It was a couple of days of grief. It was very sad,” said Nuno, 45. “You need to make grief. When you lose someone the best way is to grieve. Not only me, I think everybody involved felt that sadness.” Wolves took time…

Wolves star Jota out of United clash as Boly returns to training

Diogo Jota has been ruled out of Wolves’ FA Cup tie against Manchester United on Saturday tea-time – but there is an positive update on Willy Boly. The Portugal international has not recovered from the dead leg sustained in the red-card challenge from Watford defender Christian Kabasele in the 2-1 defeat on New Year’s Day. “It’s not good. Unfortunately Diogo is also not available,” said head coach Nuno Espirito Santo. “In the last game in the red card (challenge) from Kabasele he made, with no intention at all. “It was a strong impact so he’s not available. He’s being assessed,…

Wolves boss Nuno confirms Jesus Vallejo exit as defender leaves

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed defender Jesus Vallejo will return to Real Madrid this month. Vallejo is on a season-long loan at Molineux but has barely featured and all parties are looking at ending the arrangement early. “Jesus Vallejo is going, because he wants to play,” said head coach Nuno. “He’s a young, talented player that we brought here with high expectations, but it didn’t work out. “So it’s time for him to go and find a club where he can play and keep on progressing because the talent is there. “Now we look ‘why?’ but we don’t…

Nuno admits Wolves need a finishing school after Watford defeat

Nuno Espirito Santo admitted Wolves were below par as they made it back-to-back defeats to kick off 2020 with a 2-1 defeat at improving Watford. Watford led 2-0 before Pedro Neto’s first Premier League goal but Raul Jimenez, Neto and Ruben Vinagre all wasted chances. “The performance was not the best, it was not the way we wanted to do things,” said the Molineux head coach. “We started slow and allowed Watford to get into the game. We had a couple of chances but not more than that. “It was tough to break their lines, which were very tight. In…