By Alan Hutton

17th Dec, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Hutton wowed after Wolves agree contract with 'Extra special' star

Leander Dendoncker has established himself as an “extra special” player for Wolves after signing a new contract at Molineux.

That is the view of former Aston Villa and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, heralded the Belgium international’s impact at both ends of the pitch.

As confirmed on Monday evening, the 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal which is set to keep him tied down at Molineux until 2023.

Dendoncker initially joined Wolves on loan in 2018 and turned his temporary stay permanent last summer.

He has been a mainstay in the midfield for Nuno Espirito Santo this season, with 11 Premier League starts under his belt, but he has also featured as a centre-back on occasion.

Hutton has insisted versatile players are vital members of elite-level squads nowadays and that Dendoncker has proven himself to be a key player for Wolves.

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Hutton told Football Insider: I think nowadays, it’s a key part of your squad to have players that can play in certain possessions, whether it be defence and midfield or full-backs in centre-half.

“I think it gives you that little bit extra special when you go through periods of time where you might have suspensions or injuries and things but I think he’s become a key part over the last couple of weeks.

“You see some of the runs that he makes from midfield into the box, he helps out the strikers and he tries to be a focal point at times so he’s become a key member of the squad in my opinion.

“I think everybody will be happy that he has signed a long-term deal and he can continue to grow at the club.”

In other news, Football Insider have revealed Nuno has given the green light for a defender to leave in January.