The Athletic’s Wolverhampton Wanderers correspondent Tim Spiers has stated that it was “farcical” that Patrick Cutrone and Ki-Jana Hoever featured in attack together against Everton.
During the midweek round of Premier League fixtures, the Old Gold hosted Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees at Molineux and were defeated 2-1 (per BBC).
On the night, Nuno Espirito Santo started his side with Fabio Silva, Morgan Gibbs-White and Pedro Neto as his front three attackers in a 4-3-3 formation (per WhoScored).
However, the attacking trio that finished the game against the Merseyside outfit was Neto, Cutrone and Hoever.
During the latest episode of The Athletic’s The Molineux View podcast, Spiers analysed the clash and labelled the attack which finished the game for Wolves as “farcical”.
He said: “You look at Wolves and what they offered for the last 20 [minutes] and you’ve got Patrick Cutrone up front, miles off match sharpness, and you’ve got Ki-Jana Hoever as a right-forward.
“What were the odds you would have got a few weeks ago on Cutrone and Hoever being two of their three players up front when they’re trying to chase an equaliser versus Everton?
“I mean, it’s farcical, really, when you step back and look at it.
“Injuries have decimated them and I know it’s probably not something that fans want to keep hearing about.”
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As can be seen in what the reporter had to say, he believes that it is “farcical” that the Old Gold are now in a position where they have to play Cutrone and Hoever in attack.
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Certainly, having gone 15 games without scoring a goal for either Wolves or Fiorentina so far this season (per Transfermarkt), it is clear to see that Cutrone is out of form.
Furthermore, Hoever has not played in attack once previously in his career, with the furthest forward being right-midfield, so, it is clear to see that the front three against Everton was makeshift.
With injuries to key players, though, Wolves have only one left-winger, no right-wingers and two strikers available in the first-team squad.
So, it certainly does look like a concerning time in front of goal for the Old Gold.