Stephen Elliott makes big claim in latest praise of Dion Sanderson
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Stephen Elliott makes big claim in latest praise of Dion Sanderson

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Stephen Elliott has claimed youngster Dion Sanderson is the best player he’s seen on loan at Sunderland since Jonny Evans.

The 21-year-old made his 16th appearance of the season against Burton Albion last night in League One, and put in a solid performance.

Sanderson started as part of a back three, and put in a big display during a 3-0 win in Staffordshire.

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It was the third start in a row for Sanderson, who is seriously growing in stature now at the Stadium of Light, and fans showered praise on him for his latest contributions.

Elliott was also on hand to praise Wolves’ young star.

He said on Twitter: “Dion Sanderson has a huge future in the game. Best on loan player I’ve seen at the club since Jonny Evans. Wise beyond his years on the pitch.”

Evans spent the 2006/07 season on loan at the Stadium of Light from Manchester United.

The stint allowed him to forge a successful Premier League career – he has been an amazing signing for most recent club Leicester City, and clocked up his 318th appearance in the competition today.

Sanderson going from strength to strength

After a tricky start, Sanderson is clearly enjoying his spell with the Black Cats now.

The fact that Sunderland have been using three and four-at-the-back formations is the ideal preparation for Sanderson if Nuno feels like giving him a shot in the first-team next season.