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Wolves star Dendoncker says his versatility doesn't help him

Wolves star Leander Dendoncker has admitted he is a victim of his own versatility.

The 29-cap Belgium international enjoyed a great weekend, playing a major role in the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

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Dendoncker was in the box causing problems for Spurs and helped Raul Jimenez to open the scoring.

He then added a second goal himself, pouncing on a loose ball after a Daniel Podence shot had come back off the post.

It was a great performance from the 26-year-old, who has certainly had his critics.

It was a brilliant display from him in north London, and Wolves fans will hope for a bit more consistency from here on in.

But consistency has been hard to achieve at Molineux for Dendoncker.

In the eyes of the player, the fact that he is versatile doesn’t really help his cause.

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He has been quoted by Belgian publication Walfoot as saying: “A new coach means a new philosophy. When Nuno Espirito Santo arrived, I also started the first games on the bench before gradually gaining playing time.

“I think my versatility doesn’t help me. I am sometimes lined up in midfield, sometimes in defence, which makes it difficult to string together good performances. My favourite position is still the midfield.”

This season, Dendoncker has pretty much played in midfield at every turn.

He went in defence for the second-half of the FA Cup clash with Sheffield United last month.

But apart from that, the former Anderlecht star has operated in the engine room when called upon.

Leander Dendoncker confirms versatility theory some Wolves fans have had for a while

These are some interesting comments from Dendoncker.

This has been an idea floated about by some Wolves supporters on social media for a while now.

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We haven’t really seen Dendoncker being used in defence this season. But certainly last term, he was moving between two positions a lot.

And arguably in 2020/21, Dendoncker never really impressed. There were times were he gave off an air of uncertainty about his play. Especially in the backline.

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What he has said makes sense. It probably is difficult to establish good form and rhythm when you’re being moved between different positions.

That said, this season, Dendoncker has largely played in midfield. And recently, he has started the last six games across all competitions for Wanderers.

Perhaps this run of games in his favoured position will help him achieve more consistency. He was certainly excellent on Sunday.

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