Roberto Martinez was full of praise after Leander Dendoncker’s recent performance for Belgium in their recent international friendly agains the Ivory Coast.
Quoted by HLN (via Sport Witness), the former Everton boss said: “Vanaken and Dendoncker were special. How they guarded the organisation of the team – great. I can say that they have now reached a level that allows them to play on a high international stage.”
Dendoncker has started just two Premier League games this season, being benched against West Ham and playing a mere 12 minutes against Manchester City. Joao Moutinho has been the favoured midfielder it seems but the comments from the Belgium boss may have Nuno Espirito Santo rethinking some things.
The 25-year-old netted a total of six goals for Wolves last season, operating primarily as a central midfielder. However, he also slotted into a more defensive role and even filled in as a centre-back on a whopping 15 occasion across all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
Having conceded seven goals already this campaign, Nuno could be mulling over the idea of replacing one of his defenders with Dendoncker permanently. Conor Coady has also impressed whilst on international duty and could be paired up with the Belgian in the heart of the Wolves defence.