Date: 11th March 2021 at 10:20am
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The Athletic’s Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers has been on the latest episode of The Molineux View, speaking about Dion Sanderson’s progress on loan at Sunderland.

Wolves had been without veteran defender Willy Boly since the beginning of February until he made his return to the squad on Saturday evening in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa.

On-loan central defender Dion Sanderson has been hitting the headlines for his standout performances at loanee club Sunderland.

The 21-year-old has featured heavily for the this season with 18 appearances in League One for Lee Johnson’s side and even scoring his first professional goal in the win over Rochdale on Saturday.

Speaking about the 21-year-old defender, Spiers had this to say.

He said: “After a couple of injuries, most notably to Bailey Wright, who used to be at Preston, the centre back slots opened. And Sanderson has come in and taken it with the proverbial both hands. And he’s blossomed, particularly in the last few weeks.

“The last four Man of the Match polls that Sunderland [have] run – because they run one on their Twitter after every game who was Man of the Match – Sanderson’s won the last four in a row. And he scored his first professional goal at the weekend, and he’s absolutely loving life.”

It’s just his stance, you know, shoulders out, chest out, he looked taller. He was talking a lot, despite being the youngest defender on that Sunderland backline by a distance, he was talking a lot. And Lee Johnson referenced that after the game has said he’s really been impressed with his maturity. And also compared him to a Rolls Royce in terms of the way he defends, I mean, he is that type of player.

“So what happens next is what Wolves fans want to know, and he’s out of contract at the end of next season. So his destiny is in Wolves’ hands, really. And for all we know, Nuno may have made up his mind on him and said, ‘Look, he’s not going to make it at Wolves.'”

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TIF Thoughts on Spiers’ Sanderson’s comments…

Sanderson has been terrific for Sunderland, all you have to do is go on their official Twitter feed after the game and you will see the appreciation their fans have for him. Lee Johnson’s side has seen a recent lift in form which has the Black Cats knocking on the door of the automatic promotion spots and Sanderson is at the heart of his defence.