Patrick Cutrone (Italian: [ˈpaːtrik kuˈtroːne]; born 3 January 1998)[2][3] is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Fiorentina, on loan from Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Patrick Cutrone
Personal information
Full name Patrick Cutrone[1]
Date of birth (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 22)[2][3]
Place of birth Como, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[4]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina
(on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Number 63
Youth career
2007–2017 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 Milan 63 (13)
2019– Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 (2)
2020–Fiorentina (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2013 Italy U15 10 (3)
2013–2014 Italy U16 8 (5)
2013–2015 Italy U17 18 (11)
2016 Italy U18 3 (2)
2016–2017 Italy U19 18 (6)
2017– Italy U21 19 (7)
2018– Italy 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:08, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Club careerEdit

MilanEdit

Cutrone was born in Como and began to play football at a young age.[5] In 2005, the 7-year old Cutrone started his youth career at the local team GS Parediense. In the summer of 2007, he had trials at Internazionale, Monza, and Milan. On 29 June 2007 he officially joined Milan's academy, where he spent the following ten years, playing through the different age groups up to the Primavera (under-19) team.[6][5] In March 2015, Cutrone signed his first professional contract with Milan, effective from 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2018.[7][8][9]

Cutrone received his first ever call-up to the senior team for a home game against Pescara played on 30 October 2016; he was present on the team's bench and remained an unused substitute.[10] Prior to that, his experience with the first team was limited to pre-season friendlies and occasional training sessions. In January 2017, Cutrone was promoted to Milan's first team.[11] On 21 May 2017, he made his senior debut in the 3–0 Serie A home win against Bologna, coming on as a substitute for Gerard Deulofeu at the 85th minute. He also picked up his first ever yellow card in that game for a sliding tackle that led to a foul.[12][13]

In the summer of 2017, Cutrone signed a contract extension until 30 June 2021,[14] while Milan's Chinese-led board of directors spent over €200 million on transfers, acquiring a total of 11 new players, two of which were strikers André Silva and Nikola Kalinić. Initially, in order to increase his playing time, Cutrone had been persuaded to join one of the lower-ranking Serie A clubs yet refused.[15]

On 27 July 2017, he was featured in the starting line-up for the first time in a 1–0 away victory over Romanian side Universitatea Craiova in the 2017–18 Europa League qualification.[16] On 3 August 2017, he scored his first goal for Milan in the return match against Craiova, which finished 2–0 for the Italian team.[17] On 20 August 2017, he scored his first Serie A goal in a 0–3 Serie A away win against Crotone.[18] On 24 August 2017, he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away victory over Shkëndija in Europa League play offs,[19] and on 28 September, he scored a last-minute winning goal against Rijeka in the group stage to win the match 3–2 for Milan..[20] Coming on as a substitute in the Coppa Italia match against local rivals, Internazionale, Cutrone scored the winner and his first goal in the Derby della Madonnina.[21]

On 28 January 2018, Cutrone scored an opening goal in the home Serie A game against Lazio. Initially, the goal was thought to be a header by the referee and Lazio players alike. However, after the final whistle, it became clear that following a free kick taken by Hakan Çalhanoğlu, the ball did not touch Cutrone's head but rather deflected off his arm straight into the goal.[22] Although it was reported that Cutrone may possibly get a 2-match ban for an alleged deliberate handball,[23] an investigation conducted by FIGC proved that his actions in that episode were unintentional and, therefore, non-punishable.[24]

On 10 February 2018, Cutrone scored a brace in a 4–0 away victory over SPAL, solidifying his position as a first-choice striker for Milan during the 2017–18 season.[25]

In the summer of 2018, Milan's new board of directors decided to increase the team's attacking capability with the signing of a high-profile goalscorer, Gonzalo Higuain, whom Cutrone first met in 2015 as a fan.[26][27] Following his arrival, out of all the remaining strikers in the team (namely Nikola Kalinić, André Silva, and Carlos Bacca), Cutrone was the only one to have not been placed on the transfer market.[28][29] On 31 August 2018, Cutrone came on as a late substitute and scored a last-minute match-winning goal in a 2018–19 Serie A home game against Roma (2–1), helping Milan secure the very first competitive victory in the season.[30]

In October 2018, Cutrone extended his contract with Milan until 30 June 2023.[31]

On 12 January 2019, Cutrone came on as an extra-time substitute and scored two first-touch goals within just six minutes in an eventual Coppa Italia 2–0 away win against Sampdoria.[32] In the same month, the club opted for an early termination of Gonzalo Higuain's loan and bought Krzysztof Piątek as a first-choice striker, whose role on the pitch and style of play were considered "too similar" with those of Cutrone.[33] The team's head coach, Gennaro Gattuso, also refused to pair strikers for tactical reasons and preferred 4–3–3 as his regular starting formation.[34] As a result, Cutrone's playing time and quality of performances continued to decrease, with the player failing to score or assist in his 18 consecutive appearances, mostly as a super-sub. As Milan once again failed to qualify for the Champions League, Gattuso resigned and was replaced by Marco Giampaolo.[35][36] Despite Giampaolo favoring 4–3–1–2 over any other formation, Cutrone's opportunities at Milan were still considered limited as the new coach sought to pair Piątek with a different type of an attacking partner than Cutrone.[37]

Wolverhampton WanderersEdit

On 30 July 2019, Cutrone joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a four-year contract.[38][39] Cutrone made his league debut for Wolves as a substitute in their opening Premier League fixture of the 2019–20 season, a 0–0 away draw with Leicester City on 11 August,[40] having made his debut appearance (also as a substitute) in the club's 2019–20 UEFA Europa League match away to FC Pyunik of Armenia three days earlier.[41] On 15 August, Cutrone made his full debut for Wolves in a 4–0 home win against FC Pyunik in the 2nd Leg of the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round.[42] Cutrone made his full Premier League debut for Wolves in a 3–2 away defeat to Everton on 1 September.[43] His first goal for Wolves came on 14 September, in a 2–5 home loss to Chelsea in the Premier League.[44] Cutrone's second league goal for Wolves, and his first goal for the club in a match which saw the club record a win, came in a 2–0 home success against West Ham United on 4 December 2019; Cutrone had only been on the pitch two minutes having come on as an 84th minute substitute.[45]

Fiorentina (loan)Edit

Cutrone joined Fiorentina on an 18-month loan deal on 10 January 2020.[46]

International careerEdit

Cutrone represented Italy at Italy under-15, under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-19 level, making a combine total of 57 appearances and scoring 27 goals.[2] In particular, he was part of the squad for both the 2015 European U-17 Championship and the 2016 European U-19 Championship.[47][48]

He made his debut with the Italy U21 team on 1 September 2017, in a friendly match lost 3–0 against Spain. Three days later, he played his second match against Slovenia U21 in which he scored his first goal for the side in a 4–1 victory.[49]

In March 2018, he was awarded his first senior call-up to the Italian national team, under interim manager Luigi Di Biagio, for Italy's friendlies against Argentina and England later that month.[50] On 23 March, he made his senior international debut in the friendly against Argentina; Italy were defeated 2–0.[51]

Style of playEdit

Known for his eye for goal, Cutrone has been described as a "true number 9" by several Italian football pundits.[52] His main playing attributes as a forward are his physical strength, positioning, aerial ability, and heading, as well as his opportunism, movement, and ability to read the game; he has also drawn praise in the media for his work-rate off the ball, while his technique and team play have been cited as areas for improvement, however. Due to his characteristics, he has been compared to former A.C. Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, who used to train him while working as a coach with the A.C. Milan Youth Sector from 2012 to 2014. Although an avid Milan fan since childhood, he idolized Mattia Destro while playing for Milan Primavera and was also called "the young Destro" because of their similarities.[53] Other players he idolizes are Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata, with the latter praising Cutrone for his performances in 2018.[52][54][55][56] Although he is naturally right-footed, he is capable of striking the ball well with either foot.[57]

Apart from his regular position as a central striker,[58] Cutrone has also been used as a makeshift left winger by his former Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso, in a role similar to that of Mario Mandžukić at Juventus.[59] Cutrone is also capable of playing alongside another attacking teammate in a 4–4–2 formation, balancing between the roles of a centre-forward/striker and a second striker.[60]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 January 2020[61]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2016–17 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18 28 10 5 2 13[a] 6 46 18
2018–19 34 3 3 2 5[a] 4 1[b] 0 43 9
Total 63 13 8 4 0 0 18 10 1 0 90 27
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2019–20[62] Premier League 12 2 0 0 2 1 10[a] 0 24 3
Fiorentina (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 4 0 2 1 6 1
Career total 79 15 10 5 2 1 27 11 1 0 120 31
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana

InternationalEdit

As of 23 March 2018[63]
National team Year Apps Goals
Italy
2018 1 0
Total 1 0

HonoursEdit

Italy U19

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