Friday July 19 2019
Milan mustn't cut Cutrone

Milan are entering a new era and Patrick Cutrone's qualities are just what the club needs to move forward, argues Vijay Rahaman.

Whether it's his late winner in the Coppa Italia semi-final against city rivals Inter in 2017 or his well-worked assist for strike partner Krzysztof Piatek against Udinese this term, there is no doubt that Patrick Cutrone has captured the hearts of the Milan fans.

The Como-born striker came through the Milan youth academy and since making his debut in May 2017 has risen steadily, making his Italy debut just a year later. He is yet to establish himself, but he has shown enough to justify being kept by the Rossoneri. 

Cutrone is almost a throwback to the old-time poachers of years past; think the likes of Bayern Munich and Germany striker Gerd Mueller to the more recent Milan ‘fox in the box’ SuperPippo Inzaghi. The 21-year-old is blessed with the traditional Number 9 attributes, but above all with grit, a strong work ethic and boundless passion.

His movement where he manages to find space in even the most confined of spaces is his main weapon, but it would be foolhardy to believe his striking skills end there. He is physically strong despite not being a big man, his knowledge to position himself at the right place at the right time, having that knack to know where the ball will end up and his work rate when both attacking and defending are his other exemplary elements.

In short, he is a real nuisance for opposition defenders, as he always keeps them on their toes and they must watch him for the entire game. His technique is his biggest weakness, but that can improve with experience and under the management of Marco Giampaolo. The former Sampdoria Coach mainly uses the 4-3-1-2 formation and Cutrone can prove to be a vital cog in his attempt to make a Milan revival. 

It goes without saying that Polish striker Piatek is the number one in the pecking order of strikers, further confirmed when he was handed the famed Number 9 shirt, having earned it after his stellar play last season. However, who partners him is a subject of much debate.

Reports continue to maintain Milan are in the process of selling both Andre Silva, who returned from a loan spell at Sevilla, and Cutrone to Monaco and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively. It could well be a mistake to let Cutrone leave so early into his career.

Cutrone has garnered 27 goals in 90 games. It is a rather impressive haul, considering how average the club have been in recent times. He has rarely been a regular starter, not to mention he does not take penalties or free-kicks, which would’ve considerably padded out his statistics.

However, Cutrone's value to Milan is not just about cold, hard numbers, as he brings many intangibles to the football field. His heart and never say die attitude, in addition to the passion he displays on the field when he wears the shirt, is something you won't see in the stat sheet and quite frankly, something you can't put a price on.

Despite not being in Europe next season, there will be enough games between the league and the Coppa Italia for all three strikers to make an important contribution to Milan, and that should include Cutrone.

Giampaolo said he loves "hard workers" and there are few, if any, at Milan right now who work as hard as Cutrone.

Have your say...
... And now the report that Milan are trying to get Wolves to buy Cutrone for the right amount... even though Cutrone doesn't want to go because he's a die-hard rossoneri fan...

This Milan is a complete travesty. It's enough to try the patience of a saint.
on the 24th July, 2019 at 6:00pm
A lot of people on this site are baffled by this transfer and I was among that number.After digging a bit and looking at the root of it, Jorge Mendes' name comes up again. His company (which represents players all over the world) is responsible for a billion dollars in transfers according to Forbes. He stands to make a hefty sum on deals like the Correa one. He cares not for the players, the fans or the clubs only turning a profit. Agents like these are a parasite to our league.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 6:13pm
Milan seem to be an extreme case, but in general I grow weary of the transfer market frenzy in Serie A. It's almost like a soap opera – X dumped Y and is now with Z, even though Z and A used to be a couple, but before that A and B were together and they only broke up because B cheated on A with X...

I do wonder if the big European leagues are like this, or if Italy is particularly bad for it.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 11:16am
The Correa transfer seems complete insanity. It does indeed beg the question who is scouting players for Milan and who is making the final decisions. It makes one miss the days of Galliani's transfer dealings, and that is an extraordinary feat.
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 11:14am

3 players on your list are not from Milan's academy. Sadly, 2 are injury prone and their condition will be worse with ugly treatment of Milan lab. That means you can't count on them as backbone for the already mediocre Milan squad. LOL
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 3:36am
cutrone is not world class and probably never will be but then neither is 95% of our squad. saying that he will bleed for us and play any position on the pitch. from the teams perspective i would keep him but he needs a run of games as a no9 so if he wants to leave to do this then we should let him with a buy back option. as for correa, he promises so much but delivers so little. not more than 20m for me. better to use the silva $ for zaracho or ziyech
on the 23rd July, 2019 at 1:06am
We are a shambles, who is scouting and pulling the trigger on this transfer?? Correa is NOT worth the money we are paying. Simeone wouldn't let a fellow Argie go if he thought he was good enough to make his squad. Atletico are laughing all the way to the bank.

This is why we are in this mess, poor transfer dealings is why we are in a financial mess. We sell cheap and pay over the top for average players. We sold Ibra for €20 million then spend the money on Matri and Pazzini… I'm fed up of this.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 11:56pm
I never heard of Correa, im sure i saw him play in the CL but i never noticed him. 50mil on a 24 year old nobody with poor goal/assist record. Where is this money even coming from even with deferred payments. Massive unnecessary Risk. I hope i am wrong and laugh at myself in a years time... I dont think I am wrong
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 10:56pm
OH ... MY ... GOD!

The nightmare is really happening. And it's worse than I thought. 50m splashed on Angel Correa, the world beater who scored 5 and assisted another 5 in 49 matches. Is it only me or is this the worse transfer of the decade for Milan? I mean it looks even worse than even the most horrible Galliani - Mirabelli deals.

He's gonna be our most expensive buy in history. I mean James Rodriguez is valued like 40m and we're spending more than 50m on this guy?

Please someone wakes me.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 5:32pm
@Jose, I 100% agree with Paolo. We're talking about those players in a relative sense to what Milan has now and what they've purchased in the last 10 years. I agree that Locatelli doesn't look like the next Albertini and that Verdi isn't the next Donadoni. But most of the players bought in the last decade haven't been world class. Was the 20m spent on Bertolacci REALLY worth it when we had Cristante coming through? Cristante has 6 caps at 24, Bertolacci has 5 at 28.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 12:07pm
Cutrone leaving would be super depressing and make no sense for milan, but from his perspective though it might be best for his career as milan is an unpredictable place for a young player to try and develop.
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 9:26am
@The Real Viktor

"When Maldini joined as a director, I thought that he will help in keeping Milan youth products. But he is worse, first sold Locatelli and now intent on selling Cutrone "

Homie, don't steal ppls nick lol.


LOOL. Donnarumma, Conti, Romangoli, Calabria, Caldara (if not injured) Cutrone.. thats pretty solid prospects right there who remains at Milan.. Your talking so much trash.,
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 9:12am
and Verdi is not playing in Neapol and they are trying to sell him to some smaller Serie A club... The most talented players (except above mentioned Auba) we still have in team and those are Donnarumma, Calabria and Cutrone
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 8:01am
You are mentioning that we are selling our talented youngsters but its not so true. Names like Aubameyang, Cristante, El Shaarawy, Petagna, Locatelli, Verdi were talented but only 1 went top and thats Auba. All other are just mediocre players. Cristante is playing in the team that finished worts than we did, El Sha reach hes peak and went to Chine cuz he know he wont be better and not a top player, petagna is solid striker for teams like SPAL but thats all. Locatelli isnt playing even in Sassuol
on the 22nd July, 2019 at 7:59am
Yup, I rather bet on a youngster like Zaracho and keep Cutrone rather than spending 40m on a player like Correa. That's crazy.

Meanwhile, we should do everything in our power to swap Suso for Zaniolo. The guy has a price and he's for sale so get him. Give them Suso plus 10 million or even more if needs be. This is the right moment to pounce, as Juventus and Madrid are over crowded and need to raise funds first. Roma want Suso and we need a trequartista. Zaniolo is Italian and a wonder kid.
on the 21st July, 2019 at 10:11pm
Thank god it seems Cutrone has rejected the offers to leave. So, instead of wasting £50m on Correa we are gonna spend the Andre Silva money on the young Argie Zaracho. He'll be on less wages than players like Correa/Fekir/Ziyech and hopefully has a higher ceiling.

We aren't gonna challenge Juve and don't wanna risk spending too much and not make the top 4 again and get in trouble with FFP. Lets build towards a 3-5 year plan, not go gung-ho overspending trying to win the title.
on the 21st July, 2019 at 9:38pm
@Dominic. Ask inter lol
on the 21st July, 2019 at 11:24am
As long as our clubs keep doing business with the likes of Mendes our league will become less and less Italian. What is the point of supporting an Italian club when it is filled with all foreign players? They wouldn't let someone bring in vines from another country, plant it in the soil and call it Italian wine, why is it different with our league? Keep Serie A local!!
on the 21st July, 2019 at 5:37am
When Maldini joined as a director, I thought that he will help in keeping Milan youth products. But he is worse, first sold Locatelli and now intent on selling Cutrone wherein we have not able to sell Laxalt, Strinic and Andre Silva. All three jointly can yield upto 35 million and ease Milan's financial woes.
on the 21st July, 2019 at 4:39am
Hahahaha.... what a joke!
I remember a year ago Milan clown like Viktor was trying so hard to defend on Milan's chaotic season (again and again) by bragging on Milan academy players in the squad especially Cutrone. Now, with Locatelli gone, Cutrone and Donnarumma (Leonardo's revenge) are on the line, the only cure for you all Milan fans is STOP WASTING YOUR TIME AND MONEY FOR THIS PROVINCIAL TEAM. If you still have brain in your head, do it.
on the 21st July, 2019 at 4:21am
I also can't help but feel selling Cutrine is a huge mistake. Doesn't Piatek need an understudy or alternative? Who better than Cutrone?

And can someone tell me why are Milan looking to splash 50 million on Correa? The guy scored 4 goals last season. He has 30 goals in almost 200 games. What the hell!
on the 20th July, 2019 at 9:11pm
Milan have made many mistakes in the past few years when they sold the home-grown talents like Aubameyang, Cristante, El Shaarawy, Petagna, Locatelli, Verdi...Instead, Milan bring in many 2nd-class players who have low quality, who don't carry the Milan DNA, nor they care about it. Milan should know how to nourish their young players, who come through Milan's Academy. The home-grown talents are more attached to the club and they're willing to shed blood, sweat, and tear for Milan.
on the 20th July, 2019 at 4:12pm
They should keep him, but this is Milan, so expect the chaotic, senseless decision

If they're playing 4-3-1-2, the Cutrone should be given a run alongside Piantek to see what they can do. With them playing regularly all season, I'd expect 30-40+ goals between them, which would be a decent/great return

This constant signing/selling players every window is getting tired

What Milan fans wouldn't give to be run an excellently as Juve are

Juve were a mess in 2011 - now look at them
on the 20th July, 2019 at 1:28pm
Sell him like all the others. Locatelli, Verdi, Petagna etc etc etc. Sell Calabria too. Then bring in a mercenary like Icardi and his wife to truly ruin the place.
on the 20th July, 2019 at 12:46pm
I can see the argument for loaning cutrone if game time is limited at milan best thing for his development, if he is sold insist on a buyback clause.

It is sad that milan doesn't learn from its mistakes the academy has been reasonable in its development of players the likes of aubameyang, cristante, verdi, petagna, darmain are better than the majority of players milan has brought in the last 8 years. cutrone shouldn't be another regret for milan
on the 20th July, 2019 at 11:22am
Most disappointing of all, the change of staff in the club hierarchy was supposed to fix the mismanagement. What was the point of removing Leonardo if this squad carousel is set to continue? I would expect better from Maldini, particularly given his criticism of Milan's conduct over the years.
on the 20th July, 2019 at 9:59am
Years of seemingly aimless transfer activity have left me incredibly weary with Milan. I also don't want to see Cutrone depart. He has been a rare bright spark in recent times.

I would prefer to see a squad with some stability. Since the exodus of old-guard talent in 2012, the squad turnover has proceeded at a frenetic pace. I cannot keep up.
on the 20th July, 2019 at 9:56am
Nothing surprises me anymore. He could easily be just another victim of the transfer merry-go-round. If we do sell him I think it'll be very difficult to support Milan. What's the point? It's just a collection of random players who may not even be there for more than one season. A transfer embargo would be a blessing.
on the 20th July, 2019 at 9:23am
I love his spirt & fight, I think he is only going to improve and that it’s a mistake to sell him. There must be something else at play, other than raising funds, for this to be considered. I only see positive comments about him from the fan base. I can’t imagine he has a bad attitude so why do they want to sell?
on the 20th July, 2019 at 7:56am
I dont really see him leading the like for Milan not now and not any time soon, he will be seeing as a young striker for a very long time and before you know it hes 25, hes got the pace and will to fight but not the talent to suceed in a club like MILAN, hes just like PALOSCHI. He need to go and play in a team with less responsibility and pressure
on the 20th July, 2019 at 7:48am

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