It is fair to say Steve Clarke’s honeymoon period has come to a rather abrupt end.
The new Scotland manager certainly wasn’t handed the kindest of fixture lists when taking over the national team at the start of the summer, with the Tartan Army booked in to take on a dazzling Belgium side home and away within Clarke’s first four games at the helm.
Though it’s fair to say two fixtures against the Red Devils went even worse than the former Kilmarnock boss dared to fear. After losing 3-0 away, Scotland were thumped 4-0 at home on Monday night by a Kevin De Bruyne inspired side who cruised to the most comfortable of wins in Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Manchester City star scored once while Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld were also on target – but a thumping win for Belgium still didn’t save Leander Dendoncker from criticism.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder is yet to show his real quality in Belgian red and, in truth, he’s looked a little laboured ever since he moved to Molineux permanently for £12 million in June, as reported by talkSPORT.
Dendoncker having a bit of a shocker— Matt Cooper (@mcooperwrites) September 9, 2019
Been poor this season— asa robinson (@asarobinson666) September 9, 2019
Half asleep he is— Matt Cooper (@mcooperwrites) September 9, 2019
How can Belgium have this team then play a non-league level player in Dendoncker in the middle?— AT (@AwfulTrader) September 9, 2019
Still looks better than Dendoncker— AT (@AwfulTrader) September 9, 2019
I liked him, seems a yard slow this season in sharpness— asa robinson (@asarobinson666) September 9, 2019
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