Sunderland prepares for the Sanderson Show
Posted On June 2, 2021
Sunderland’s sporting director Christian Speakmann could take the jackpot with a deal for Wolverhampton defender Dion Sanderson as he prepares to make an opening bid for the 21-year-old.
What’s the talk?
to me football insideSpeakman is preparing to make an offer to buy Sanderson after his loan period at Al-Nour Stadium expires. Speakman wants Sanderson back for season two in League One and is ready to test the waters with an opening stroke. Sunderland hopes the relationships forged with Sanderson within the club will be enough to convince him to make the change.
The report claims that a number of clubs are tracking Sanderson, with Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Sheffield United among the teams interested in the central defender – who has one year left on his contract with Wolverhampton. The Premier League side, Wolverhampton, are open to selling Sanderson and would like a £2m fee for the 21-year-old defender.
After an impressive performance against Crewe earlier this season, Sunderland boss Lee Johnson praised Sanderson as a “Rolls-Royce” for the defender. He told The Chronicle:
“He was kind of a shining light in terms of defensive performance.
“The team can camp on him sometimes [performance] Because individually he did just fine. I think this is where it starts for all of us – make sure you’re a leader for at least two people.
“If you play in a center centre, look for a midfielder, another half-heart, and maybe a right-back. If you take care of those, it turns you on and helps you focus and focus.”
“He is a midfielder and at his age, he is the absolute Rolls-Royce.”
Is Sanderson Worth £2 Million?
The £135,000 beast has shown maturity after his years during his loan spell at the club and is clearly impressed enough that Sunderland’s top players want to snap him up for good. Sanderson just turned 21 in December of 2020, and his performances for the club suggest he could have a very bright future ahead of him, as he was able to make headlines at League One level, despite his young age.
In 26 Premier League games for Sunderland, Sanderson has a solid WhoScored rating average of 6.72. However, his overall rating is marred by seven alternate looks that drag him down, with his performances during the start being where the eye-catching stats came from. Sanderson averaged 6.87 in two full-backs games – playing right-back and left-back – and averaged 6.88 points in 17 starts as the Black Cats center back.
His age and performance with Sunderland during the 2020/21 campaign means Speakman could win the jackpot if he brings him on a permanent deal. Johnson could have the opportunity to train Rolls-Royce to develop more as a player, and that could open the door for Sunderland to sell him for a bigger profit in the future.
Take a club like Norwich, for example, which signed James Madison and Ben Godfrey in 2016 for a fee similar to what a signing with Sanderson would require. They later sold Madison for £24m to Leicester and Godfrey for £30m to Everton. Bringing in Sanderson for just £2m could generate huge salaries for the club if they can handle his progress the right way and nurture him into a top player.
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