Wolverhampton Wanderers academy graduate Dion Sanderson is making quite a name for himself on loan at Sunderland this season.
The 21-year-old Wolves defender is one of the brightest young players to come through the Molineux ranks.
Sanderson, who stands 6ft 2in, made his first-team debut for Wolves in an EFL Cup tie against Aston Villa in October 2019.
He joined Cardiff in January 2020 on a six-month loan deal, where he made 10 appearances, registering two assists.
While the Bluebirds reportedly discussed the possibility of another loan this season, Sanderson opted to join Sunderland in October last year.
To date, he has made 15 appearances for the Black Cats, and has helped Lee Johnson’s side surge into League One promotion contention.
Sanderson has become a fan favourite at the Stadium of Light, and supporters would certainly love for him to join permanently if the opportunity arose:
sanderson is unbelievable man
— Tyler🇫🇷 (@SAFCTylerr) February 20, 2021
Dion Sanderson is way too good for us lol
— Jamie (@JamieSAFC_) February 20, 2021
Sanderson, Willis and Wright could be a very solid back three. Especially with Sanderson and Willis being so comfortable on the ball. Would love Sanderson to be made a permanent deal but I think he’ll be playing premier league very soon. Looks so comfortable.
— Mike Edmonds (@mikeedmonds123) February 20, 2021
Fancy another season loan in the Championship with us next year 👀🤣
— Gaz Fisher (@GazJFisher) February 23, 2021
Sign full time! Good times ahead and we’d like you to be part of it
— Browny (@ian_brown_jnr) February 23, 2021
Speaking on Wednesday after rumours of interest in a permanent deal surfaced, Johnson told the Sunderland Echo he’d certainly be keen to sign him – if he was available.
“We love Dion and he’s ours for the short term, but obviously part of our job is to help develop him for Wolves if they deem that they want him to stay on,” he said.
“We wish him all the best [with that] of course… of course, if not, then a club like our would of course be interested in a young talent like Dion.”
It’s a no-brainer really – Sanderson has been so good for Sunderland that nobody would turn down the opportunity to sign him permanently.
That said, it’s a pretty big “if”, considering he’s on Wolves’ books, and if he’s doing so well, they’d probably want to hang on to him and look to integrate him into their senior ranks?
Much like Ben White and his successful Leeds loan which led to Brighton tying him down to a long-term deal and making him a first-team regular, the parent club has a strong hand in these circumstances.