Patrick Cutrone is one of the brightest talents to have risen up through the ranks at AC Milan. After ending his debut season with 18 goals in all competitions, Milan had found their new golden boy. However, things haven’t quite gone as smoothly this season. With the acquisition of Higuain and his January replacement, Krzysztof Piatek, Cutrone has seen a decrease in his playing time. Having only started 10 games this season, scoring 3 goals, the striker has seen his rapid development somewhat halted. While rumours of a return to Milan for loanee Andre Silva have cast a cloud of uncertainty around Cutrone’s future.
Cutrone has always expressed his passion and desire to play for the Rossoneri, both verbally and through his efforts on the pitch. In spite of that, however, Krzysztof Piatek’s immediate impact has seen the talents of Cutrone somewhat overshadowed. Having recorded history at Milan, in which he became the fastest player to score 6 goals (310 minutes), Piatek quickly established himself as Milan’s main man up front. While Cutrone’s talents have helped him become one of the best young forwards in the Italy, it appears the starting spot belongs to Krzysztof Piatek for the time being.
Due to a lack of consistent game time, it should come as no surprise that Cutrone’s name has been thrown around in transfer negotiations. Donato Orgnoni, Cutrone’s agent, recently spoke to Radio Marte about the players future. Orgnoni failed to deny any rumours of a departure for the young star. He explained, “If Cutrone stays in Milan? We’ll see..”. He continued by suggesting if Milan where to bring in players that could further compromise his clients playing time they would consider what the “best solution” is for Cutrone.
Orgnoni stated: “…It is normal that if spaces were to be extremely reduced from here at the end of the season, we will evaluate with the club…”
It is possible that the statements made by his agent could have been a response to the recent rumours suggesting Andre Silva could return to Milan at the end of his loan spell with Sevilla. Silva has scored 9 goals in 23 appearances for Sevilla in La Liga, including a debut hat-trick. Silva spent the 2017/18 season with Milan where he only managed 2 goals in 24 appearances. However the Portuguese striker has yet to rule out a return to the San Siro. Should Milan qualify for the Uefa Champions League having an extra striker like Andre Silva would surely benefit the club. Although, such a decision may leave a player like Patrick Cutrone to seek alternative options in an attempt to secure more game time.