Dion Sanderson was a colossus at the back for Sunderland during his loan spell having earned rave reviews and with the Black Cats wanting to bring him back permanently, and that could be an option as according to Wolves legend Steve Bull, the west Midlands outfit don’t think he’s good enough.
The 21-year-old was a regular under Lee Johnson on Wearside and his ability to be a threat in both boxes as well as being comfortable on the ball allowed Sunderland to build attacks from the back, and once he got a run of games his temporary club went 12 unbeaten, only drawing twice.
It appears that Sanderson has left his mark in the North East with both Sunderland and their bitter rivals Newcastle United interested in signing the defender, with Wolves willing to sell him this summer.
It would be a huge shame for Wolves to let one of their own leave for a minimal fee without ever being handed a chance in the first team, as it would save them having to pay big money for a defender if Sanderson could perform in the Premier League.
However, Bull has claimed that Wolves don’t think he is good enough as he exclusively told Football FanCast:
“I think that Wolves would have sent him out on loan to see if he managed to get any better but obviously they don’t think he has.
“In other people’s eyes, he’s probably a top-class player but, in Wolves’ eyes, he’s not and they must have somebody else on their radar that is better.”
Sanderson certainly made an impact on Wearside because when he picked up a season-ending injury his absence was immediately felt with Sunderland winning just one of their final six League One games which the defender was unavailable for.
It was also clear to see that Johnson was having to change how Sunderland transitioned from defence to attack without Sanderson during their play-off defeat against Lincoln City, with a lot more long balls preferred instead of building up from the back – something that suited the Imps.