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…
Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing up a shock move for Dion Sanderson, according to Chronicle Live.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers’ starlet is currently on loan with Sunderland where he is enjoying a wonderful season as he looks to help the Black Cats to secure promotion to the Championship.
At 21 years of age the Wolves defender very much has his best years ahead of him, and based on his form for Lee Johnson’s side, he could be a player who is set for the top.
So would a move to St James’ Park be a good idea for the defender?
The team at FLW have their say…
This one would certainly raise a few eyebrows!
If we take away the Sunderland, Newcastle aspect of it, I still don’t think Sanderson is ready for the Premier League quite yet.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s having a top season in League One and showed flashes of his ability in the Championship at Cardiff last season, and I think he’d more than suit a top-half second-tier side.
But Newcastle, despite their struggles, are an established Premier League club, and I don’t think he’s at the level to play regularly in the Premier League just yet.
He needs to stay at Sunderland beyond this season, in my opinion, as his relationship with Lee Johnson looks to be superb.
Sanderson has already indicated he has a desire to try and show he can perform at Premier League level with Wolves if he gets the chance to do that in the summer. So, from his point of view a move to another top-flight club in Newcastle United might be an appealing option if his parent club deems that he does not have a long-term future with them.
The defender has certainly shown moments of quality with Sunderland that would suggest he could have the right sort of attributes to perform in the Premier League. However, he has never been tested at that level so it is always a risk in throwing him straight in and expecting him to be ready straight away for that.
Newcastle are a club that are not yet assured of their Premier League status and it is not the most stable of environments given the animosity of the fans towards Steve Bruce and the ownership. That would not make it the easiest of clubs for Sanderson to walk into and instantly start performing.
Plus there is the obvious Sunderland angle that would make it a major decision for him to switch to their biggest rivals. Having said that, Sanderson should not feel he has to avoid moving somewhere just because he has spent time on loan somewhere else.
There’s certainly a lot to like about the defender.
A run in the starting XI and the full confidence of his manager has helped Sanderson come on leaps and bounds this term, and show that he’s a quality player.
I’m not sure he’s ready to be a regular Premier League starter just yet but with a bit of patience he could certainly get there.
Wolves look likely to let him leave this summer and it would be a positive move from Newcastle with the future in mind.