He’s back and it’s like his form hasn’t skipped a touch. Patrick Cutrone was Milan’s catalyst in their win against Olympiacos on Thursday, snagging two goals after coming on as a substitute in the 54th minute. His impact was instantaneous, with his hunger for the net and desire for 3 points pouring onto the pitch. His efforts produced results, which is becoming a more and more common sight for the fans of Milan. The youngsters timing couldn’t have been any better, as he spearheaded a come back from 0-1 in the 69th minute to 3-1 by full time, another knack of his.
As a result the Red and Black remain perfect in the Europa League and sit atop Group F with 6 points. With a date at the San Siro against second in the group Real Betis on October 25th.
With a breakout 16 goal season last year and hot start to this one with 3 goals in 5 matches, Higuain’s partner in crime is earning some recognition. Cutrone is the only Italian on the FIFA 40-Man Shortlist for the Golden Boy award. The Rossoneri might not have a more passionate player, and at only 20 years of age he could have the potential of being a staple for not only Milan, but Italy as well for years to come.
Cutrone has earned a call up the senior Italian National Football Team as a result of his top play. The Azzurri are due to face Ukraine (October 10th, 8:45 AM ET, 2:45 PM GMT) and Poland (October 14th, same times) respectively.
With five matches under his belt as the Azzurri Head Coach, Roberto Mancini has only won once; with the other four matches being split evenly between draws and losses. This may impact Mancini’s initiation for testing more players for the team. Besides Cutrone, there are three other options at striker from the call up. Including Ciro Immobile, Simone Zaza, and a long awaited redemption for Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco.
Despite these more experienced options, it’s not out of the question for Cutrone to get an opportunity to start. With a tough opponent in Poland (8th in FIFA World Rankings), Cutrone’s start would more than likely be against Ukraine (35th). Although he’s already made his debut for The Blues as a sub in the 73rd minute in a 2-0 loss to Argentina, this would be the starlets first start with the senior team. With Italy only two months detached from their lowest FIFA Ranking ever, 21st, the Milan fan favorite might be just what the Azzurri needs to begin their climb back to the top of the football world.