Leander Dendoncker has not hit the levels to make Wolves a better team, according to former midfielder Dave Edwards.
The ex-Molineux man made the comment about the Belgian in his latest column for the Express & Star.
Dendoncker has experienced a rather up-and-down Wolves career after signing for the club back in 2018 on an initial loan deal from Anderlecht.
He didn’t actually play all that much in his first season, struggling to displace Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho initially.
He did enjoy a fairly strong finish though, and Wolves shelled out around £12 million to sign him permanently.
His second season saw him appear in every single Premier League game. And in total, he made 57 appearances for the club as Wolves competed in the Europa League.
Season three was not great for Dendoncker as he struggled for consistency. The fact he was moving between defence and midfield can’t really have helped his cause. To be fair, most Wolves players had poor seasons last term.
And this term under new manager Bruno Lage, he has been firmly behind Neves and Moutinho in the pecking order, and hasn’t particularly excelled when called upon.
Speaking about what Wolves ought to do next month in the transfer window, Edwards said: “I also think they need another midfielder. Neves and Moutinho are very technical and Dendoncker is a little bit different, but he’s not hit the levels to make Wolves a better team.”
“They could look to bring in a more powerful midfielder who can break into the box and carry the ball.”
Leander Dendoncker has arguably underwhelmed slightly at Wolves
Dendoncker was seen as a real coup when he arrived at Molineux.
A few clubs had been chasing him prior to his move to the Black Country.
Dendoncker has done OK on the whole since joining the club, but has never really had an extended period of great form.
He is a talented and versatile player, but arguably most Wolves fans wouldn’t have him in their best XI.
Given Moutinho is now 35, one might have assumed Dendoncker would be a regular in the side ahead of him at this point. But that isn’t the case.
Edwards is probably right in that he has ‘not hit the levels to make Wolves a better team.’
In fairness though, Dendoncker is still actually a couple of years away from his prime, and he didn’t cost that much to sign in today’s market.