Sunderland missed out on promotion to the Championship this season and that might have just given Sheffield United the edge when it comes to Dion Sanderson.
We reported, via Football Insider, that the Blades were keen on the impressive Sanderson a few months back. The Wolves youngster enjoyed a stellar campaign with the Black Cats this term, before missing the final weeks of the season through injury.
Sanderson has also picked up the young player of the year award at the Stadium of Light. That, of course, is further testament to his ability.
But with the Black Cats once again failing to get out of League One, the door might well be shut in terms of a permanent move for Sanderson.
For Sheffield United, on the other hand, it could be the perfect opportunity for the club to land a classy young defender who’d thrive at Championship level.
Dion Sanderson could be perfect for Sheffield United
The Birmingham Mail has reported in the last few days how Sanderson’s future is one which needs sorting at Wolves. With Nuno Santo now gone, the young defender might hope to catch the attention of any new boss.
However, he might also see a move to the Championship with a club like United as the ideal next step.
The Blades are in need of defensive options. Phil Jagielka will likely move on from the club. Jack O’Connell remains out until further notice, while John Egan is likely to attract attention this summer. Kean Bryan is also out of contract, and Chris Basham is into his 30s. Ethan Ampadu’s loan spell is also at an end.
That leaves a nice space for Sanderson to take up in the Blades squad. The Championship is the logical next challenge for the 21-year-old.
And in terms of United and their recruitment, he’ll fit the profile of a young player with development and sell-on value who won’t break the bank.