Wolves are taking on West Ham United in the Premier League this weekend – and it’s possible Bruno Lage could bring Leander Dendoncker back into the starting XI.

A potentially tough game is in store at Molineux.

The Hammers have been flying this season and are currently in third place in the table.

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Leander Dendoncker (Photo by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/)

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David Moyes’ side look very well balanced right now.

They’ve lost just two games, and are the third-highest scorers so far.

Lage will have been racking his brains thinking about the best way to set up against a great team.

There’s a chance he might be considering starting Dendoncker against the Irons.

One thing that has been very noticeable about West Ham in recent times is the huge threat they carry from set-pieces.

They’ve scored 32 goals from such situations since Moyes came in.

Lage may plump for Dendoncker as the Belgian obviously adds a bit more height to the side.

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He could well be crucial defending on those corners and free-kicks.


There is also another reason Dendoncker might get the nod.

Tomas Soucek is a very influential player for West Ham, and Wolves can’t allow him space to operate.

Arguably, Dendoncker would be a useful match-up against the Czech Republic international.

Dendoncker need to shine if he gets West Ham nod

At the moment, Dendoncker is last in the pecking order when it comes to the midfielders.

Lage has clearly preferred to use Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho together.

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But this is a fixture that might just call for Dendoncker’s physicality.

And if he does get selected then he must make his opportunity count.

He’s had a couple of decent outings this term but not really found consistency, hence his current benchwarmer status.

Dendoncker, who played for Belgium on Tuesday, did score on his last appearance against West Ham thanks to a sensational assist from Adama Traore, so there is another reason why he could come in.

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