Wolverhampton Wanderers have struggled at times defensively this season.

Nuno Espirito Santo has tried to move away from the formation he has always used at Molineux, and it’s clear the players need more time getting used to playing with a traditional back four.

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There has been some talk about new additions this summer.

Wolves reporter for The Athletic Tim Spiers claimed in January that the club would seek to invest in a new centre-half in the summer.

And today, The Sun brought news of interest from the club in talented young Club Brugge defender Odilon Kossounou, who is rated at around £20 million.

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But Wolves actually may already have someone capable of become a new defensive addition to the first-team.

Dion Sanderson, 21, is currently enjoying a really fruitful spell on loan at Sunderland in League One, and has been growing in stature of late.


His latest performance against Burton Albion drew lots of praise, with ex-Wolves striker Stephen Elliott stating he is the best player Sunderland have had on loan since Jonny Evans.

Sanderson could save Wolves millions

Of course there is a lot of football still to be played this season, but Sanderson is looking like a wonderful talent.

He is clearly good enough to play at a higher standard than League One – a view shared by even some Sunderland supporters.

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Wolves may be thinking about dipping into the transfer market this summer at this moment in time, but the form and development of Sanderson might just stop Fosun in their tracks.

At the Stadium of Light he’s been playing in both a three-man and four-man defence, suggesting he has the versatility to be of real use for Nuno.

By all accounts, he has a maturity well beyond his tender years, and if he continues to flourish he may just be worth putting faith in.

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