Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has lavished praise on Leander Dendoncker for the influence he was within the starting XI.

The Belgian enforcer return to action last Friday for the FA Cup third round clash with Crystal Palace after a few weeks on the sidelines.

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The 25-year-old had been struggling with a bone edema sustained during the last international break.

While he was able to play in some games following that break, the pain eventually became too uncomfortable to manage, eventually forcing his absence from the side.

In the four games Dendoncker missed, Wolves failed to win a single game. Incidentally, Wolves haven’t won a game all season when Dendoncker has not started.

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Clearly the £12 million star (talkSPORT) has a big impact, and Nuno has acknowledged that in his pre-Everton press conference.

He said (via the club’s official website): “He’s very valuable, since the beginning.

“He’s a top player and gives us many things, talented, the distances and the spaces that he can fulfill in the pitch are very important for us. I’m very happy.”

Dendoncker return huge for Wolves

Dendoncker being fit again is a big positive for Wolves as there is no one else quite like him.

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The star is physical, mobile and versatile and is someone who helps to bring the best out of other players – Nelson Semedo being a good example the other night.

The one area he needs to improve is his finishing, but he is one top player and his parternship with Ruben Neves a strong point of the team.

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