Date: 18th March 2020 at 4:31pm
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Dion Sanderson could have an uncertain future at Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer as Aston Villa and Cardiff City are keen to sign him on loan next season. The 20-year-old impressed while on loan at City before the campaign was suspended due to Covid-19, so Wolves should consider letting him go out on loan again in 2020/21 to boost his development.

As per WhoScored, Sanderson has made three league appearances for Cardiff, racked up 261 minutes of Championship football, won seven aerial duels (70%), created two chances with one assist, completed 68.8% of his 77 passes, made four successful dribbles (100%), had one shot, made eight clearances, blocked three passes/shots, given away two fouls and averaged a tackle (5) or interception (8) every 20 minutes.

Villa want to procure his signature to fix their porous backline – the Midlands outfit have conceded 56 goals in 28 Premier League games this season which is the worst defensive record in the division. Cardiff have been delighted with the 20-year-old’s form and want to retain his services for a full season.

Wolves could keep Sanderson at Molineux as a replacement for Ryan Bennett, however. The 30-year-old joined Leicester City in loan in January and may need replacing if the Foxes turn his move permanent at the end of the campaign. Bennett’s exit would leave Nuno Espirito Santo with only Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Max Kilman as natural centre-backs.

Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker have successfully operated in the makeshift role, but their presence at the back means Wolves don’t have much cover in midfield. Signing another central defender should be made a priority for next season, but there could be a slim chance Sanderson is used to temporarily fill the void.

Wolves should instead let him get regular football elsewhere.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article