Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have recently been impressed by the performances of Belgian recruit Leander Dendoncker. Signed on loan, with a view to a permanent move in the summer, he initially had to wait until he made an impact at Molineux. He did not make his Premier League debut until December but has now become a regular in the Wolves XI in recent weeks.
His performances have been impressive. Displays against Tottenham, Leicester and Liverpool have earned solid reviews and, finally, he is showing just what West Ham are missing out on.
David Moyes was desperate to sign the player last January.
The versatile Belgium international, who can also play at centre-back or right-back, was thriving in the Belgian Pro League. However, they were not keen on the asking price. Anderlecht wanted £18 million for the player, as reported by the Daily Mail.
On deadline day last year, as reported by Het Laatste Nieuws, the Hammers offered only €5 million (£4.4m) up front for the player with the overall fee eventually rising to €15 million (£13.3m), still £4.7 million short of Anderlecht’s asking price.
After Dendoncker’s initial struggled at Wolves, some West Ham fans may have wondered what all the fuss was about. But he is now looking like a top option for Wolves.
West Ham fans will not be overly fussed. Declan Rice has been thriving in a similar role. However, Dendoncker could have been a brilliant option for the Hammers.