Wolves beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Sunday, and Leander Dendoncker has been coming in for plenty of praise.
The 26-year-old made key contributions for Wanderers as the victory lifted the club above Spurs in the Premier League table.
Raul Jimenez grabbed the first goal after a Dendoncker effort was poorly parried by Hugo Lloris.
The Belgian then helped himself to his first goal of the season. He pounced on a loose ball after more poor play from Tottenham.
Dendoncker had been due a great performance.
This season, most would agree he has been a level below Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.
On Sunday, he lined up in a three-man midfield along with Neves and academy graduate Luke Cundle.
One got the impression that Dendoncker really took responsibility and set an example to the teenager, who enjoyed a really good outing on his first senior start.
Dendoncker has come in for praise from supporters and his manager, and former Wolves women’s player Claire Hakeman – who made over 200 appearances for the club before retiring in 2018 – also put in a nice word for the former Anderlecht star.
She said (Wolves official): “(Cundle’s inclusion) released Dendoncker to play his game. That’s the best I’ve seen him for quite a long time.”
Former Molineux full-back Andy Thompson was also pleased with his display. He stated that he ‘had a great game’ and ‘covered every area of the pitch’.
Dendoncker’s inclusion from the beginning against Spurs means he has now started each of the last six games across all competitions for Wolves.
A great performance, but Dendoncker has got to build on Tottenham display
It had potential to be a really difficult game. Wanderers, of course, had lost to Arsenal the game before, and Moutinho was absent again through injury.
But Dendoncker stepped up, and it was brilliant to see him making a significant contribution to a big Wolves win.
All it’s about now for Dendoncker is achieving consistency.
That probably was the best he’s been for a while. And it’s important now for him to try and instigate a purple patch.
On his day he’s a brilliant and effective footballer. It would be great to see him flourishing on a regular basis.