Sunderland have been magnificent in the past few months, with automatic promotion from League One a very real possibility.
There are many reasons for the Black Cats’ success, and there’s no denying that the form of Dion Sanderson has been one of those. The on-loan Wolves man has been highly influential for Lee Johnson’s side at the back.
Impressing with his defensive ability as well as his composure on the ball, Sanderson’s form has caught the eye, and it’s unclear where his long-term future will be.
Here we assess the potential paths open to the talented 21-year-old…
Stay at Wolves
The defender admitted in a recent interview that his dream is to make it at Molineux, with Wolves the club he has grown up supporting.
However, that’s going to be tough. Nuno Espirito Santo will be expected to challenge for a Europa League spot next season, so opportunities will be hard to come by.
Therefore, it’s highly likely another departure will be on the cards, although most Wolves fans would prefer Sanderson to get a longer contract, his current one expires in 2022, and then to be loaned out again.
This would be the most logical move.
Sanderson’s reputation has grown significantly at the Stadium of Light, so Johnson would love to have the player back, even if it’s only a loan deal.
But, you would imagine that any chance of this happening depends on Sunderland winning promotion to the Championship.
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The Terriers are another potential option open to Sanderson.
They have admired him for some time, and he would appear to be a good fit for the way that Carlos Corberan plays, as the Wolves man has good recovery pace and is cool on the ball.
The issue for Huddersfield is that more ambitious Championship sides might be in for Sanderson.
Finally, the Blades are thought to be keen on Sanderson, although those rumours emerged when Chris Wilder was in charge.
It’s no surprise though, because they need to address their defensive issues in the summer and they would be an attractive option to Sanderson as the Yorkshire outfit will expect to bounce back to the Premier League immediately, with relegation this season now inevitable.