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Dendoncker admits to Wolves doubts

24th January 2019, 15:40 by Jack Ogalbe

Leander Dendoncker admits there were moments he thought about leaving Wolves in January after struggling to establish himself.

The Belgian joined from Anderlecht on an initial loan ahead of a proposed £12m summer switch but saw his opportunities limited, managing just nine in the Premier League before Christmas.

However, he has been given his head in recent weeks, starting the club's last three matches, and demonstrated his versatility by featuring in midfield and defence.

Dendoncker is again likely to play in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury and says he is in better spirits than in the weeks after arriving at Molineux.

The 23-year-old admits there were times when he considered his options but concedes he pleased his perseverance is now paying off.

He told Belgian newspaper HLN: "I cannot deny that the beginning was difficult. Of course I have thought about a departure.

"Mentally it was difficult. Recharge yourself to train harder the next day than the players who were (in the team). You automatically think of that. I had not come here to avoid the selection," he said.

"I try to give the best of myself – and will continue to do my thing. I tried to get ready for the moment that I would get my chance. Just work, do not talk too much. That's how I sit. Silently doing my best on training.

"Anyway, it is good that I am finally part of the group, of the team. I'm enjoying it. The last few weeks things are going better."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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