Sunderland journalist Phil Smith has been sharing his thoughts on Black Cats defender Dion Sanderson after it was revealed that the centre-back will miss the remainder of the season through injury.
This comes after Smith made a guest appearance on a recent episode of The Totally Football League Show where he spoke about a range of topics concerning the Wearside club.
On the subject of Sanderson, Smith had this to say about the player and how much of a loss he will be for the team moving forward.
He said: “It’s a massive loss; the kid is unbelievable.
“I have absolutely no idea how and why he ended up in League One this season. It’s a complete mystery to me.
“He likes a battle, he’s good in the air, he’s got pace and he’s got good composure in possession.”
Sunderland signed Sanderson back in October from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the current season.
During his time with the Black Cats, the 21-year-old, who is currently valued at £135k, made 26 League One appearances for the club in which he managed to score a goal during their 2-0 win over Rochdale back in March (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Phil Smith’s comments on Sanderson…
In our view, it’s a shame that Sanderson’s season at Sunderland has come to a premature end considering he had made himself an integral part of Lee Johnson’s side by playing 90 minutes in each of his 14 previous league games.
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Also, given how Sunderland have failed to win any of the four previous league games that Sanderson has missed because of this injury, this suggests that his absence has had some impact on Sunderland’s defensive strength.
Moving forward, Sunderland will have to quickly fix up their defence and start winning games if they want to avoid spending another season in League One.