24-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leo Bonatini continues to split the fan base and a number of fans were less than impressed with his substitute cameo against Burnley at the weekend.
Coming on as a late second-half substitute in the game with Raul Jimenez having already given us the 1-0 lead, Bonatini did have chances fall his way but he didn’t make the most of them and it just seemed to re-spark some old conversations from last season.
Having hit the ground running at first at the Molineux with 12 goals in the first half of the season, he failed to find the net again after the game against Birmingham City on early December, and the way he tailed off into not being clinical has already come to the fore with one goal in his five showings so far this year.
How about the 3 Raul missed?
2 from Jota..
— Europa Wolf (@MarkEdw98703214) September 16, 2018
It's a shame Bonatini didn't bag one today, he's always in the right place at the right time, just needs that goal to get him going again
— Steve (@the_SS1) September 16, 2018
You have to have Gold tinted glasses on to think Bonatini is good enough for this level. Will do OK as a bit part player but won't be here next season.
— Sam (@SamW160) September 16, 2018
That’s the most comprehensive 1-0 win you’ll ever see. We was unbelievable today at everything apart from putting the ball in the net. I mean Leo Bonatini is doing the same stuff he was doing last year. Always look for the cutback before always missing. He’s useless
— mike (@m_wwfc) September 16, 2018
He missed one. As did almost everyone else today. A shot with your back to goal and two defenders on the line is not a “clear-cut chance.” Seeing people singling him out is getting tiresome. He got a goal and an assist in his last two games but you’ve conveniently ignored that.
— Jack Wiggins (@Jack_WWFC95) September 16, 2018
Bonatini is a Caraboa cup striker at best would rather have Benny in the team #wwfc
— JS (@_JSaunders01) September 16, 2018
Quality performance and I don’t like to moan but 30 shots and just the 1 goal is awful. From Jota, Doc and Raul missing to Bonatini’s pathetic display… needs work. #wwfc
— Billy (@FMSTightWadBill) September 16, 2018
Brutal but true many will disagree but we won't play many like this and get away with not finishing chances. This league is demanding.
— Garth ◣ ◢ (@Garthmundo77) September 16, 2018
Everyone played great today……apart from Bonatini.
— Jamie Walters (@jamiewalters23) September 16, 2018
I don’t think it’s unfair to say that for me, it’s way too early to write him off and whilst I understand the concerns, he’s clearly not a player who seems to relish a substitute showing – he’s better when he’s not adjusting to the speed of a game but he’ll certainly want to improve his own ratio as that’s not an unfair criticism.
Especially now expectations have risen at the club.