Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Elliott is tipping Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Dion Sanderson to become a ‘big star’.

The retired former striker, who played for both Sunderland and Wolves in his career, was watching on last night as the Black Cats slipped to defeat against Shrewsbury Town in League One.

Lee Johnson’s side took the lead through Aiden O’Brady, but the Shrews turned the game on its head in the second half – Ethan Ebanks-Landell equalising before Harry Chapman bagged his fourth goal in four games.

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The result leaves Sunderland just outside the play-offs, two points behind Charlton Athletic in sixth.

Wolves youngster Sanderson actually started the game on the bench, but came on after just six minutes to replace a seriously injured Jordan Willis.

The 21-year-old did superbly well after coming on, winning seven out his 10 duels according to Sofascore.

He also completed 84% of his passes, made four clearances, three blocks and four tackles.

It was a mature display, and during the action Elliott gave an exciting assessment of the starlet on Twitter.

He wrote simply: “Dion Sanderson is going to be a big star.”

Encouraging words

It seems Wolves have a potentially top defender on their hands.

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By all accounts Sanderson is getting on well at the Stadium of Light, although he is not yet an absolute nailed on regular.

Given the struggles the Wolves first-team have had defensively this term, it’s a real opportunity for Sanderson to perhaps stake his claim for next season.

That said, it might be that Wolves would like him to experience the Championship before getting him involved with the firsts.

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