Wolves defender Dion Sanderson has emerged as one of the most sought-after players during the early stages of this transfer window, attracting interest from England’s top three divisions.
Birmingham were named as one of the several clubs who were monitoring the progress of the 21-year-old, according to a report from the Northern Echo, with The Athletic’s Tim Spiers confirming that The Blues are hoping to strike a loan deal.
The highly-rated defender was subject to a rejected £1.5 million bid from Newcastle United, whilst bitter rivals Sunderland, who Sanderson spent the 2020/21 campaign with, also saw their offer turned back.
Sheffield United are also preparing a bid, as reported by Football Insider, but are likely to suffer the same fate as those who have already tried, with there being a growing realisation that Wolves would prefer a loan deal.
If The Blues do manage to secure the services of Sanderson, we have highlighted one winner and one loser within Birmingham’s current squad…
One winner – Harlee Dean
Lee Bowyer’s inclination to tackle the Championship with a three-at-the-back formation suggests that Harlee Dean will not lose out should Dion Sanderson arrive.
Although, that never seemed in too much after the 29-year-old scooped up both the Players’ and Supporters’ player of the season awards.
Dean has been an integral part of The Blues’ back-line in recent seasons, but he would certainly benefit from Sanderson’s athleticism.
Possessing all the necessary attributes to thrive as a Championship centre-back, Sanderson will help bolster Bowyer’s defensive options, and should he emerge as a regular starter, he will be an ideal partner to the no-nonsense style that Dean displays.
One loser – George Friend
Despite reverting to a back three when Bowyer arrived, George Friend saw his minutes on the pitch decrease as the season progressed.
His skill set would allow him to be competent enough to fill in both a left wing-back role and as a left-sided centre-back, but he did not get enough game time to prove himself under the former Charlton boss.
The arrival of Sanderson would add another quality central defensive option and would seemingly drop Friend down the pecking order even further.
Given Sanderson’s technical ability, he could be deployed as a left-side centre-back – despite being right-footed – and hamper Friend’s chances even more than first perceived.