Wolves journalist Joe Edwards has been sharing his thoughts on Leander Dendoncker and his current role in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
This comes after Edwards co-hosted a recent episode of the Express & Star’s Wolves Podcast where he spoke about a number of topics concerning the Midlands club.
On the subject of Dendoncker, his role in the squad and how he has fared so far this season, Edwards had this to say on the matter. (32.22)
He said: “I think at the moment, he’s just been the victim, I mean, admittedly, himself, he’s not done enough when he’s been given creative licence in midfield, and he’s missed a lot of chances, but there is potential there and I think he has been a little bit of a victim of too much versatility and too much being able to swap around.
“I think he needs to be a midfielder and stay a midfielder for a season and then that’s when you can really run the rule on him and decide whether he’s key to the long-term plans.”
Wolves originally signed Dendoncker on a loan deal from Belgian side RSC Anderlecht back in August 2018 before signing him on a permanent deal in the following summer transfer window for a fee of £12.42 million.
Overall, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £28.8 million, has made a total of 111 appearances across all competitions for the Old Gold in which he has managed to score eight goals along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Joe Edwards’ comments on Dendoncker…
Considering that the Belgian has made numerous appearances in the Premier League this season playing as a centre-back, defensive-midfielder and central-midfielder, earning himself an uninspiring season rating of 6.65/10 in the process, this points to why Edwards thinks Dendoncker has been a victim of his versatility and perhaps should just stick to playing in one position.
Where do you think Dendoncker should play?
Moving forward, with Wolves having just nine league games left to play until the end of the campaign, perhaps Espirito Santo should keep playing Dendoncker in just one position throughout the final stretch of the season to see how comfortable he is and then come to a decision for next season as to where he would be best utilised on the pitch.