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Kevin Phillips reacts to important update on Dion Sanderson’s future at Sunderland

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The future of Wolves defender Dion Sanderson remains ‘up in the air’ heading into the summer transfer window. 

Sanderson is currently out on loan with League One side Sunderland, and has been a regular in Lee Johnson’s starting XI for the majority of his spell at the Stadium of Light.

The defender has made 22 appearances in total so far for the Black Cats, who are in contention to win promotion back into the Championship.

They’re currently sat third in the League One table, but are just two points adrift of second-placed Peterborough United in the third-tier standings.

Sanderson has been linked with a departure from Wolves heading into the summer, with it being claimed by the Daily Mail that Sunderland have begun talks to sign him on a permanent basis.

But that same report claims that the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford are just some of the other clubs keen on landing his signature.

Speaking in a recent interview with FootballFanCast, former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips reacted to the club’s rumoured interest in signing Sanderson heading into the summer transfer window, and was hopeful that both clubs could reach an agreement to see him head to the Stadium of Light.

“I love to see young players stay out and get more experience. Listen, he’s only really had experience in League One.

“Hopefully Sunderland do get up and Wolves let him go and get more experience in the Championship, where you are coming up against better quality of centre-forward, better quality of players and that will really test him.

“And if he shines there then Wolves have got a player on their hands, an asset and a player that the next season or season after can slot into the Wolves side and start performing.”

Sanderson and his Sunderland team-mates are set to return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they take on struggling Bristol Rovers, in a match they’ll be expected to pick up three points from.

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The Verdict: 

They’ll be desperate to sign him up for another season.

Sanderson has really impressed me in his time with Sunderland, and I think he’d be more than capable of playing regular football in the Championship next season.

For that to happen with Lee Johnson’s side though, they need to win promotion into the second-tier this term, and with Sanderson in their team, it’s a real possibility.

The Black Cats will know that they face stiff competition to land his signature though, with the likes of Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town also believed to be keen on a deal to sign him.


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