Leander Dendoncker has been hailed as a ‘perfect fit’ for Wolves after becoming a permanent Wolves player for £12m.
The Belgium international’s switch from Anderlecht was announced by Wolves today after his season-long loan at Molineux last season.
The deal was always going to go through as the club had an obligation to sign the 24-year-old when the 2019 summer transfer window opened after the versatile midfielder joined Wolves last August.
After struggling to get a game in the first half of the season, Dendoncker was instrumental in the turnaround of the team’s fortunes in 2019, and was an ever-present in the Premier League starting line-up this year playing in Wolves’ final 16 league games, and appearing in all but one of the FA Cup ties as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side reached the semi-finals.
Sporting director Kevin Thelwell believes Dendoncker has been an excellent addition for Wolves.
“He came in a bit later in the window and took time to settle and get used to the way in which we operate and play,” Thelwell told www.wolves.co.uk “But since he broke into the team he’s been terrific.
“He’s very professional, very honest and very hard-working, so he fits the team perfectly. I believe a lot of the success we had in the second part of the season was down to a big contribution from him.
“There was always an obligation to turn Leander’s deal permanent, so we’re delighted it’s worked out the way it has. He has been a welcome addition to the group.”
Dendoncker revealed how he kept working hard for his chance after confessing it wasn’t an easy time, taking a few months to establish himself.
“At the beginning it was difficult for me, in the first few months I didn’t play, so it was tough and a hard time for me,” he admitted.
“I tried to keep on working to become part of the team and starting from December it got better, I started to play, and from then I’ve played a lot of games.
“Playing a lot of games was nice. It was a great season for the team. Every footballer wants to play, that’s what we like the most. It’s nice to be part of this great team.”
The Belgian international, who was on duty for his country in their Euro 2020 qualifiers this summer, made 26 appearances for Wolves during his debut season at Molineux, scoring twice, in the wins against Everton away and Fulham at home.
Following two outings in the Carabao Cup in August and September, Dendoncker had to wait until December for his Premier League debut, as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Molineux. But after that he made his place in midfield his own, becoming a favourite with fans.
Dendoncker made almost 200 appearances for Anderlecht after coming through the club’s youth system, gaining experience in the Champions League and Europa League along the way.
On the international stage, the midfielder has eight caps after making his Belgium debut in 2015, including an appearance against England in the group stages of last summer’s World Cup.