Nuno Espirito Santo rotated his squad in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, but Patrick Cutrone was nowhere to be seen.
The 21-year-old was left out of the matchday squad while Oskar and 18-year-old Owen Otasowie surprisingly made the bench.
According to Joe Edwards of the Express and Star, Cutrone was feeling unwell and was omitted from the squad late on as a result.
However, Nuno suggested the Italian u21 international missed out due to tactical reasons and Matt Doherty’s inclusion on the bench.
Do you think we should give Cutrone more time?
Yes, he is young and learning
No, he hasn't impressed
Cutrone has been short of form and playing time this season, scoring just two goals in 12 Premier League games, so it’s no surprise that he’s fallen out of favour.
The struggling centre-forward has started only three times in the league under Nuno, the last of which came in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Southampton (October 19). Since then, he’s racked up 13 minutes of playing time.
With Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and Diogo Jota ahead of Cutrone in the pecking order, his future may lie away from Molineux. The £16m signing from AC Milan doesn’t appear to have been a good investment.