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Dion Sanderson to see out season with Sunderland, despite reported Wolves frustration

Wolves youngster Dion Sanderson says he is happy to stay on loan at Sunderland until the end of the season.

The central defender has actually struggled a little for game time so far at the Stadium of Light, making nine appearances in 2020/21 up to now.

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His lack of minutes led to reports that Wolves were frustrated about the situation, but Black Cats manager Lee Johnson downplayed it.

He said: “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 game time.

“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.”

Now Sanderson has had his say, and it doesn’t appear he will be following in the footsteps of Morgan Gibbs-White and Patrick Cutrone, who last week both returned to the Black Country from their respective loan spells early.

When asked if he was happy to stay at the Stadium of Light, Sanderson said (Sunderland Echo): “Yeah.

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“I’m playing now and getting experience which is what I need – to get as much experience as I can.

“Hopefully I can achieve my goal of playing in the Premier League for my home club.”

Following his appearance against Hull City, Sanderson has now started the last three games for Sunderland, and hopefully he can continue getting regular minutes.

Sanderson right to stay put

It is right for Sanderson to stay where he is, especially with it now looking like he’s growing in stature.

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He wasn’t playing so much in the beginning but three straight starts is encouraging, and it wouldn’t make sense to recall him now and organise a fresh move.

Hopefully 2021 is a fresh start for him after a tricky beginning, and he can make full use of his time in the north east.