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Lee Naylor questions Bruno Lage's decision to bench Leander Dendoncker against Norwich

Former Wolves full-back Lee Naylor has questioned Bruno Lage over his decision not to start Leander Dendoncker against Norwich City.

Wanderers played their final home game of the season on Sunday, but could only manage a 1-1 draw with the Canaries.

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Teemu Pukki gave the already-relegated side the lead towards the end of the first-half.

Lage then took Conor Coady off at the break and replaced him with Chiquinho, switching to a back four.

It helped Wolves become a little more creative.

It was Rayan Ait-Nouri who got Wolves back on level terms, nodding in from inside the penalty area after a bit of pinball following a Joao Moutinho free-kick.

Overall though it was another uninspiring display from Wolves.

Unfortunately the season has finished with a whimper. And it could well end very badly with one final trip to Anfield to come.

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In the eyes of Naylor, Lage got his team selection wrong, and should have plumped for Dendoncker.

He said (via Wolves official): “I don’t know if Dendoncker’s got a knock, but I’m a but surprised by that. He’s got the engine, he gets up and down, plus he covers a lot of ground, he gets in both boxes and if I was him and I was fully fit, I’d have been asking questions about why I wasn’t starting.”

Dendoncker was left unused, with Chiquinho, Fabio Silva and Daniel Podence all getting the nod from the manager.

Prior to Saturday, Dendoncker had started seven of the last eight for Wolves in the Premier League.

Lage may have got it wrong not selecting Leander Dendoncker against Norwich

It was something of a surprise to see Dendoncker not starting against Norwich.

He scored against Manchester City, showing really good instinct to drive into the box and finish off Pedro Neto’s low cross.

He then found himself on the bench for the game against Norwich. Perhaps he hadn’t been feeling fully right, or maybe it was just tactical.

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Whatever the reason, the team that was ultimately fielded was more than good enough to win the game.

It remains to be seen if he will be recalled to the side against Liverpool next weekend for the final outing of the season.

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