Wolverhampton Wanderers star Leander Dendoncker came in for high praise from manager Nuno Espirito Santo, after a fine defensive display against Leicester City.

The Belgium international was deployed on the right of a back three for the first time this season, following news of a hamstring injury for Willy Boly.

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The 25-year-old slotted in magnificently next to Conor Coady, and hardly put a foot wrong against the likes of Harvey Barnes, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy when he came on.

Dendoncker has arguably been off his game in recent weeks and been a bit wasteful in front of goal, but against the Foxes he was excellent and reminded everyone just how handy a player he is.

Speaking about him after the game, in quotes published by Tim Spiers in The Athletic, Nuno couldn’t help but rave about the enforcer.

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He said: “That’s why I’m proud because we lost important players in our back line.

 

“Leander (exhales), what can I say about Leander? He is amazing. How versatile and dedicated and committed he is.

“Leander, Conor Coady, Max… that’s why I’m proud, from there on, when we’re able to stabilise we will improve for sure.”

Dendoncker has proven an absolute steal

He had a slow start to life at Molineux after joining initially on loan in 2018, but Dendoncker really has become a vital player for the club.

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Wolves have many versatile players at the moment, but £90,000-a-week star Dendoncker (Spotrac) is probably the player who can carry out the most roles and to the highest standard.

His presence and intelligence are fantastic, and that he only cost a reported £12 million (talkSPORT) is laughable given what some players with half his talent go for in today’s market.

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