Many Wolves fans were critical of Leander Dendoncker during their clash with Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Wolves, who started the day ninth in the Premier League, were looking to make it three straight wins in all competitions. They followed up their first Old Trafford victory since 1980 with a 3-0 FA Cup win over Championship Sheffield United.
Southampton were also carrying momentum into the game however, having thrashed Brentford 4-1 in midweek. Ralph Hassenhuttl’s Saints had lost only one of their last seven PL matches.
Bruno Lage made three changes from the side that won at United, with Romain Saiss (AFCON), Ruben Neves (Covid-19) and Marcal dropping out. In came 22-year-old Toti Gomes for his debut, Dendoncker and Rayan Ait-Nouri.
Dendoncker’s struggle vs Saints
The Belgian’s SofaScore rating of 6.3/10 was the lowest in the Wolves side.
He won just one of his ten duels, a success rate of 10%, and was dribbled past four times in total (the most of any player on the field).
Dendoncker tried his luck from the distance in the first half, but The Athletic’s Tim Spiers remarked that it nearly hit the top tier of the stand behind the goal.
And another journalist, Joe Prince-Wright, said he was fortunate to avoid giving away a penalty after a challenge on Oriol Romeu around an hour into the game.
Many WWFC fans slam Dendoncker
“Dendoncker has been atrocious again. Complete ghost in the middle. Moutinho having to do it all himself.”
“That was a rough attempt by Dendoncker”
“Neves and Moutinho work but Dendoncker can’t control the game”
“Yeah, let’s never tell Dendoncker to shoot again lol”
“As much as I was fan of Dendoncker in previous seasons, he’s not the same player anymore. I think it’s time to sell him this window and user the funds towards a decent centre midfielder, as Moutinho’s legs won’t last forever! Get your finger out”
“Get him off the pitch he’s been useless again.”
In other news, fans weren’t happy with this transfer news.
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