Look down at Wolves’ squad list and you will notice a number of players out on loan throughout the Football League and Europe.
In total, the Old Gold have sanctioned 26 loan moves this season. Now, you may accuse Nuno Santo’s men of stockpiling players but the fact of the matter is, they like to develop for the future.
It’s a tactic that has already seen the Molineux outfit make a bucket load of cash. Take Helder Costa for example. He departed Wolves for Leeds in the summer in a deal that cost the Yorkshire side £15m.
Diogo Jota also exited, leaving behind a fair sum of money with Liverpool paying around £41m for his services.
The aforementioned Costa was one of a number of Wolves loanees last season and ended up fleeing the nest. It wouldn’t be a surprise if plenty leave permanently this summer too.
Dion Sanderson is one of those could find his future elsewhere. The defender is enjoying a terrific season with Sunderland in League One and they have already expressed their interest in keeping his services.
Though, if Nuno and the club’s hierarchy have any sense, they’ll keep him in the Midlands.
Sanderson may not be quite at first-team level yet but his glistening array of qualities, as well as his versatility, means he’d be a fantastic asset for the club’s relatively small senior squad.
Like Romain Saiss, he is capable of playing at centre-back, but much in the same way that the Moroccan has done this term, Sanderson has now become a left-back too.
It’s a make-shift position but both have learnt to play those roles astutely this season.
Speaking about the 21-year-old a few weeks ago, Sunderland boss Lee Johnson said: “We’ve played him in a number of positions bless him.”
He continued: “We’ve put him at left-back at Northampton, right-back and then his natural position is centre-half. Dion is a player of real high potential and high talent.”
A player blessed with natural pace, his recovery time is remarkably eye-catching. Though, like Saiss, he is bullish in the tackle and is capable of brushing opponents aside.
Saiss has won 2.2 aerial duels per game this season compared to Sanderson’s two. They are also similar when it comes to tackling stats. The former has prevailed in 1.2 challenges a match as opposed to the latter’s 1.1 tackles per game.
Sanderson has recently played a key part at the heart of Sunderland’s defence. They have been missing three of their normal centre-backs to injury but the youngster has stepped in admirably, keeping clean sheets against Burton and Fleetwood. In his last three games, meanwhile, he has won three aerial duels and made 5.3 clearances a match on average.
In the words of former Mackems and Wolves man Stephen Elliot, he is “wise beyond his years.”
Clearly, the defender has plenty of qualities. Wolves would be mad to get rid him of him so early into his career. Nuno must keep him.