With a midfield at Wolves that boasts attractive stars such as Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, it’s hard for anyone else to get noticed.
It’s also easy to focus on goal scoring heroes Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. They’ve all quickly become fan favourites at Molineux. However, one man who deserves more praise for his performances is Leander Dendoncker.
Left in the cold for much of the first half of the season, he’s been impressing as the months go on and one of his best displays this season came in the club’s victory over Manchester United on Tuesday evening.
He may have struggled against Burnley at Turf Moor, as did the rest of the team, but at home, Wolves look like a completely different outfit and one of the most superior teams in the division. There is fight and resilience about their play, but there is also plenty of quality.
Dendoncker is the epitome of that, as he was at the heart of a second victory against United in the space of a few weeks. The 23-year-old outperformed his midfield partners in Moutinho and Neves, achieving a pass success rate 8% better than the pair, per WhoScored.
There has been much to appreciate about Nuno Santo’s side’s first season back in the Premier League. Their 13 points against the Premier League’s big six just about sums up how good they’ve been.
The Belgian is also one to admire and his all-around game was demonstrated in midweek. His passing was near perfect whilst he also made himself a nuisance for the winning goal in which Chris Smalling bundled the ball into the back of his own net.
But he also made an impact in the defensive phase of play too, perhaps the midfielder’s most impressive aspect of his game. He was strong in the tackle and a monster in the air.
Let us not forget Wolves have the small matter of a gig at Wembley this weekend too. On a big pitch, Dendoncker’s midfield presence will be vital.
The 6 ft 1 man is currently only on loan from Anderlecht but when the move becomes permanent in the summer, the club will have made yet another shrewd investment to go with deals they’ve already completed.