Wolverhampton Wanderers Media Day


Leander Denoncker thrives on full Aston Villa debut as Wolves sink to new low

Sunday’s defeat to Leicester City was the lowest moment for Wolves in a while, but it was a great afternoon for Leander Dendoncker, who made his full debut for Aston Villa.

Wanderers started the game quite brightly, but found themselves behind thanks to a sensational goal from Foxes midfielder Youri Tielemans.

Harvey Barnes then added a second, and a big second-half performance was needed from the hosts to salvage anything.

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Wolves huffed and puffed for around 10 minutes after the restart, but Leicester stood firm.

Then the floodgates opened, with James Maddison and Jamie Vardy getting in on the action.

A lot of Wolves fans had left the ground by the time Vardy had scored, which pretty much sums up the feeling around the club at the moment.

It is a dire situation for Wolves, who can’t score goals, can’t defend – and some players can’t be bothered.

It is starting to feel as though Wolves got rid of a few too many experienced players in the summer.

And interestingly, one such player put in a fantastic performance for his new club while Wolves were getting thrashed at Molineux.

Dendoncker didn’t convince everyone during his time at Molineux.

Some felt as though he did a lot of things to a fairly average level without ever really standing out.

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Yesterday Dendoncker made his full debut for Villa, after joining the club on transfer deadline day for around £13 million (Birmingham Mail).

He’s had to be patient for his first proper chance, and one finally came along for him yesterday with Steven Gerrard having been sacked in midweek.

The Belgian started alongside Douglas Luiz in the midfield in the 4-0 win against Brentford, and it was a pretty dominant performance.

The Birmingham Mail were impressed with his showing, giving him an 8/10 rating and saying: “A first start for the tall, imposing Belgian who slotted in alongside Douglas Luiz nicely. Dendoncker did the simple things well and provided the attacking players with a strong base to work off and it allowed Bailey, Buendia and co. to really express themselves. Dendoncker was a real Steady Eddie in there before his number was called on the hour with McGinn his replacement.”

Wolves will likely end up missing Leander Dendoncker, as star puts in solid performance on full Aston Villa debut

Not everyone will agree, but Dendoncker is someone Wolves could perhaps end up missing more than expected.

Bruno Lage described him as a one of the best professionals at the club.

He was another player the former manager didn’t really want to lose in the summer. But the decision was made to sell, and Boubacar Traore was brought in.

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Traore’s signing is exciting for Wolves as he has big potential.

But Dendoncker was a good squad player for Wanderers and often the criticism of him was quite harsh.

It remains to be seen if he can now really show Wolves up and put in a string of solid performances, which was arguably his biggest issue at Molineux.