Wolves defender Dion Sanderson came in for high praise last night for his performance for Sunderland against Hull City.
The 21-year-old, who is on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light, started the game alongside Bailey Wright for what was only his eighth appearance of the season.
Sanderson has had some difficulty breaking into the starting XI so far in 2020/21, which has actually led to reports recently that Wolves aren’t too happy with the situation.
Playing the situation down, Black Cats manager Lee Johnson said before the game (Sunderland Echo): “I had a discussion with Wolves about that quite early [in my tenure] and I think they were understandably a little bit frustrated with his gametime.
“But I think we’ve proved that it is there for him and with as many games as we have coming up, he’s a player I like, he’s a good lad, trains well and has some real quality.”
Sanderson was handed an opportunity last night against the Tigers in League One, and gave a pretty good account of himself.
According to Sofascore he completed 46/53 passes (84%), and also won four out of six duels. He also made a couple of clearances and interceptions each during the 1-1 draw.
Although Sunderland fans were frustrated with the end result, Sanderson’s display was a real positive in the eyes of some:
— jacob🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ (@jacobcunliffe10) January 9, 2021
Well done class tonight
— Trudy Sanderson (@TrudySanderson1) January 9, 2021
Dion Sanderson MOTM for me. Apart from that 🤷🏼♂️
— Tom 🏴 🔴⚪️ (@Leech27Tom) January 9, 2021
Dion Sanderson impresses me even more after every game I see him
Big player big future @SandowRs 👍🏼👊🏻
— Tyler Graham (@TylerGraham_) January 9, 2021
— Joey Burton (@joey__burton__) January 9, 2021
On the positive side , I like the look of Sanderson and diamond .🔴⚪ #safc
— Andrew Sharp (@AndySAFC78) January 9, 2021
Sanderson motm imo gonna be some player. Better 2nd half. Came out out fighting and on the front foot. We lack quality but Johnson got the work rate 2nd half which is something. Can’t keep carrying Wyke. Centre forward needed with pace #safc #HawayTheLads
— Mark Savage (@mksavage73) January 9, 2021
I was fearing the worst after the first 20 minutes but we controlled the remainder of the game. Plenty of possession but same old issues – very poor from set pieces and not enough cutting edge up top. Was impressed with Sanderson. On we go… #SAFC #KTF 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Lørd B å r r õ l d (@lord_barrold) January 9, 2021
Sanderson has been superb today Imo #safc
— matthew (@MattVO20) January 9, 2021
Really like Sanderson for us. Pacey and looks so comfortable #safc
— bencains (@bencainss) January 9, 2021