Former Wolves player Steve Bull has been sharing his thoughts on Leander Dendoncker and his current role in the team at Molineux.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Bull had this to say about the Belgian and where his best position is on the pitch.
He said: “I don’t think he’s a centre-back. He’s not slow, he just doesn’t read the game as quick as a defender should.
“In midfield, you have time to get the ball, turn left, turn right, to play, but when that ball’s coming into the box and the striker’s running across and you’re a midfielder, by the time you’ve got your head [in the correct position], the striker has gone in front of you.
“So, to me, I’d rather play him in midfield rather than centre-half, but he’s a very good stand-in. He’s a very good stand-in if we need him.”
Dendoncker signed to Wolves on a loan deal from Belgian side RSC Anderlecht in August 2018 before the Old Gold signed him on a permanent deal in the 2019 summer transfer window in a deal worth a reported fee of £12.42 million.
Overall, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £28.8 million, has made 111 appearances across all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in which he has scored eight goals in the process (per Transfermarkt).
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TIF Thoughts on Steve Bull’s comments on Dendoncker…
Given how Dendoncker has made the majority of his Premier League appearances so far this season in central-midfield (15) and earned himself a higher season rating (6.78/10) playing there than in any other position during this campaign, this shows that Bull is right in saying the 25-year-old should stick to playing in midfield.
Moving forward, if Dendoncker continues to put in decent performances for Wolves in midfield, then this would surely persuade Espirito Santo to keep playing him there instead of having him in defence.