Wolverhampton Wanderers were beaten in their opening Europa League group game by Sporting Braga on Thursday evening, and after the match there were mixed reviews from the fan base over a starter in the loss.
Wolves went into the contest off the back of a hit and miss beginning to their campaign. They successfully made their way through the qualifiers of the secondary European competition, but have not begun their Premier League season as strongly as they would have liked.
After battling past Torino to make it into the group stage of the Europa League, Wanderers will be disappointed to lose their first game in an open looking group 1-0, especially as it was one of their three home matches.
In truth, it was not the best performance Nuno Espirito Santo’s players have put in during his time in charge at Wolves. A lack of a cutting edge up top was costly, as were defensive errors, the latter of which is so unlike them.
It could have been very different for Wanderers, had new signing Patrick Cutrone had a better match. He was given a series of presentable chances to put his side in front when the score was locked at 0-0, but seemed to snatch at them and they went begging.
It is fair to say that while the Italian has shown promise in his short time at Molineux, the 21-year-old hasn’t completely won over the Wolves faithful, and this latest struggle has left many unconvinced.
Cutrone has made nine appearances for Wolves but has only found the net once, so Wanderers fans are understandably looking for a better return from the man who signed a four-year deal in the summer.
Supporters provided mixed opinions on the Italy international when they reacted to the loss on social media though, so the attacker definitely still has work to do to win the crowd over.
Here are some of their messages:
Finally Patrick Cutrone…he runs tirelessly, he snatches at chances. I am not convinced he's magic. Makes same runs as Raul too. Interesting times. #wwfc
— Robert Weaver Esq. (@robweaverwm) September 19, 2019
— Mark Evans (@ev123uk) September 19, 2019
Just want a good performance Sunday now and for players to be brave and take risks going forward! Too much side to side stuff. Although Cutrone should have buried atleast one of his chances you can't fault his effort and determination. Oh and Bennett🙈 #fwaw #wwfc
— Harry Mansell (@Harry_Mansell) September 19, 2019
I'd like to see Cutrone bag a couple in the next few games. He worked hard today but there's no clinical finish. Jota needs his confidence back too. #wwfc
— Adam Bolas (@kowetasbolas) September 19, 2019
Cutrone only one that wanted it again🤷🏼♂️ #wwfc
— Ewan (@EABskills) September 19, 2019
Still not quite at our best but still created enough to win, another day Cutrone bags a hatrick. That pass from Bennett is the reason Nuno wants him replaced should have spent big in the summer on a quality defender. #wwfc
— Matt Cook (@Cookmtt1976) September 19, 2019
Gonna wake up with cold sweats over that Cutrone miss tonight #wwfc
— Jack Lewis (@_JackLewis) September 19, 2019
Cutrone can’t hit a cows backside with a banjo.Bennett is so low in confidence it’s seeping into the defence like the plague. Look a beaten team with no energy.Lack of quality signings and teams knowing our style is killing us @Wolves we need a win and very quickly #wwfc
— Sam & Mark (@samandmarktv) September 19, 2019
— Krysta (@krittterrr) September 19, 2019