Leander Dendoncker has gone from the caviar of a World Cup semi-final to the bread and butter of a Premier League bench.
The Belgian international joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Anderlecht in August with an option to buy for £12 million (Goal) but he is yet to get going in the Black Country.
Dendoncker’s two appearances in Wolves colours so far have both come in the EFL Cup. And the outspoken former manager and pundit Aad de Mos claimed to Voetbal this week that the 23-year-old made a mistake in moving to Molineux.
Now, Dendoncker’s former coach at Anderlecht has had his say. Rene Weiler made the versatile midfielder a key part of his team during the 2016/17 season but Dendoncker struggled for form once Hein Vanhaezebrouck replaced the Swiss tactician at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
And, speaking to DH, Weiler has suggested that Anderlecht did well moving the youngster on for a potential £12 million fee after his struggles throughout 2017/18.
“Dendoncker delivered (Anderlecht) a lot of money, even though he lost value in the season after my departure,” Weiler said.
Dendoncker has certainly not been helped by Nuno Espirito Santo becoming the first manager in Premier League history to name the same starting XI for the first eight games of a new season.