Phil Parkinson had a busy summer as he looked to bring in new recruits to help Sunderland to promotion and he will have been pleased with the business the club did.
A late transfer that the Black Cats finalised saw Dion Sanderson join on a season-long loan from Wolves.
The 20-year-old had been at Cardiff City as they pushed for promotion to the Premier League towards the end of last season, and he had done well with Neil Harris on the whole.
So, signing Sanderson as a League One club was considered a coup and here we will assess how the move has worked out…
How’s it gone so far?
It’s been frustrating for the player.
Sanderson was handed his debut at Rochdale but he hasn’t started a league game since, with his only notable appearance coming in the FA Cup defeat to Mansfield.
Whilst the team didn’t get good results in either game, Sanderson showed enough to suggest he will be a useful option.
But, he isn’t in Parkinson’s best XI now, something that has left the fans frustrated too, as they knew they were getting a player who had done well in the Championship a matter of months ago.
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What issues does he face?
It should be pretty clear following that – he isn’t getting enough games right now.
We should point out that it’s only three games that Sanderson has been on the bench for, so it’s not a major problem just yet.
Having said that, he will want to play and he will have to take the next chance that comes his way. That could be sooner than he thinks as Sunderland have struggled in recent weeks.
The defender is at the Stadium of Light for the season, so his only immediate focus will be on helping the Wearside outfit back to the Championship.
As for his long-term future, that’s up in the air. Sanderson agreed a two-year deal with Wolves before his loan move but that appears to be a case of the Premier League side protecting their asset.
He’s unlikely to have a future at Molineux under Nuno Espirito Santo, so this spell is a chance to show Sunderland, or other Football League clubs, what he can do.