Wolves have officially signed Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht (Talksport).
This marks the club’s fourth summer signing following the permanent acquisition of Raul Jimenez.
The secured service of Dendoncker might be underwhelming, but the Belgian midfielder is fundamental to Wolves’ success.
Why Leander Dendoncker is an underwhelming but necessary signing
The announcement of Dendoncker’s signing will underwhelm some Wolves fans.
This is because the club hasn’t signed anyone other than academy prospects and familiar faces.
Wolves need a plan B striker to bully the defences of relegation fodder. They also need a midfielder and defender to provide competition and depth.
Nuno’s lack of options was to blame for Wolves’ crushing last-minute defeat to Watford in the FA Cup semi-final. Disappointments such as this will only continue if the club doesn’t strengthen.
However, despite Dendoncker not being a fresh face, his signing is still good news.
The 24-year-old’s signature only cost £12M and that’s an absolute bargain in this inflated market.
In addition to being a steal at his fee, Dendoncker is also fundamental to Wolves’ success.
He scored the winning goal against Fulham that secured Wolves’ return to the Europa League. He also significantly improved the team once he became an undroppable first team regular in 2019.
While his stats aren’t anything to write home about, his simplicity and strength makes him an unsung hero.
Flair players will always grab the headlines, but Dendoncker is the “shall not pass” gatekeeper who makes everyone’s job much easier.