Wolverhampton Wanderers boast some serious talent courtesy of their youth sides.
The likes of Connor Ronan, Luke Cundle, and Dexter Lembikisa all look to have a bright future ahead of them. And joining them in that high potential category is five-cap Montenegro international Matija Sarkic, who – like Ronan – has spent the majority of his professional career on loan.
The 24-year-old, who had his performance dubbed “stunning“, arrived back from his loan at Championship side Birmingham City in January after suffering a shoulder injury that he is still nursing to this day.
The loan spell at the Blues was positive for the Montenegrin as he established himself as a first-team regular, conceding just 29 of the 75 goals that Birmingham conceded across the 46 game season. Along the way, Sarkic managed ten clean sheets and became a fan favourite at Birmingham City.
His impact was so great, that despite missing half of the season through injury, the Wolves loanee won the player of the season award, as per Tim Spiers who took to his Twitter page to state:
“Another Wolves loanee wins a player of the season award – Matija Sarkic at Birmingham after keeping 10 clean sheets in 23 games before dislocating his shoulder. GK coach Tony Roberts suggested last week Sarkic, aged 24, could be out on loan again next season.”
With number two goalkeeper and veteran of the game John Ruddy’s contract expiring in the summer, Sarkic must be wondering what more he has to do in order to deputise for Jose Sá.
The £1.6m-rated stopper’s impact in the division below has been sensational and even if Ruddy was to sign a contract extension, the 24-year-old would surely still rate himself above the 35-year-old who has been Lage’s go-to cup keeper this season.
If Ruddy is to depart at the end of the season, Lage lacks quality options in that position and would surely look to save millions by giving Aston Villa youth graduate Sarkic a fair chance in the side.