Wolves flop shipped out to Spain despite shortage in his position

Date published: Sunday 31st January 2021 9:19 - Steve Pearson

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Valencia have secured the services of a Wolves striker despite the Premier League club being without their first-choice centre-forward Raul Jimenez.

Wolves suffered a major blow when talismanic centre-forward Jimenez fractured his skull in November.

The Mexican is understood to be well on the road to recovery, with a return toward the backend of the season not ruled out at this stage.

His absence left Wolves with just youngster Fabio Silva as cover following Diogo Jota’s exit to Liverpool in the summer.

Wolves’ potency in front of goal has since suffered, prompting Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to bring Willian Jose in on loan.

Regardless, options at the top end of the pitch remain light, putting into perspective the club’s latest move.

Sky Sports report that rarely seen striker Patrick Cutrone has joined Valencia on loan until the end of the season.

Cutrone has been recalled earlier this month, but went goalless in his four appearances.

The 23-year-old has endured a torrid time in front of goal during his time in England.

Overall, he has notched just three goals in 28 appearances for the club.

 

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Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo admits he is going through his toughest time as Wolves manager after Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace.

The West Midlanders have taken 23 but just three from their past eight games. And Nuno confessed that his men did not cover themselves in glory, with much still to work on.

“First half, the organisation was good but not so much offensively,” he told the BBC. “The second half was not so great. We did not move the ball well. Not a good game.

“We were organised but we didn’t threaten enough like we should do. We should have defended well. We had a few chances also but we didn’t recover the ball like we should do.

Read his full quotes here.

 

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