This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Birmingham City have been linked with a move for Wolves centre-back Dion Sanderson, with the Molineux outfit understood to be ready to cash in on him.
The Northern Echo have claimed that he could cost in the region of £2 million, with the Blues, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, Stoke City and Sunderland in pursuit.
So, would he be a good signing for them? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…
He’d be a cracking addition for the Blues.
I’m a massive fan of Sanderson and think he’s more than deserving of plying his trade in the Championship next term, following a very impressive stint in League One with Sunderland.
The 21-year-old didn’t look out of place in the second tier with Cardiff City in the other loan spell he had away from Molineux, and for the Blues, he’d provide a real solid option at the back, whilst he also offers versatility with him able to operate at centre-back or right-back.
In Marc Roberts and Harlee Dean, Birmingham have two players who are reaching the latter end of their careers so bringing in someone like Sanderson would provide excellent competition, whilst also offering a long-term solution in their rear-guard.
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I think he deserves the chance to step up to Championship level again and for me, Lee Bowyer would be a great manager for him to work under at Birmingham.
It’s a local move too, he wouldn’t have to move house etc, so the logistics of it work from both a playing and personal perspective.
He has so much potential and will only improve if he gets the chance to play regularly in the second division.
It seems that his future is pretty unclear at Wolves, so now may be the ideal time for Blues to make a move for him.
It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up but I think a move to St Andrew’s would tick all the boxes.
I could see this being a good signing for Birmingham if they are indeed able to get it done.
We saw last season at Sunderland that Sanderson is a player who is more than capable of playing at a higher level than League One, and even before then, his spell with Cardiff suggests he is a player who can cope with the demands of the Championship.
As a result, you do feel as though Sanderson would be a reliable addition for Birmingham, and given they are short on numbers in defence, the recruitment of someone such as the Wolves man – who is capable of playing in more than position across the back-line – could certainly be a useful on for the Blues.
Add to that the fact that at 21, there is still plenty of time to improve, and that with other Championship clubs interested this could be something of a coup for Birmingham, and it does seem as though this could be well worth looking into for those in chair at St Andrew’s.