John Eustace wants to keep Dion Sanderson at Birmingham
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John Eustace wants to keep Dion Sanderson at Birmingham

Birmingham City manager John Eustace wants to keep Dion Sanderson, who is currently on loan at the club from Wolves.

The youngster has been at St Andrew’s since the start of the season, and has impressed for the Blues.

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It is his second spell there, having first joined at the start of the 2021/22 season.

Wolves recalled him early from that first spell after there was a shortage of central defenders at Molineux. He then headed to QPR for the rest of that campaign.

Sanderson has really caught the eye this term for Birmingham.

But it’s possible he actually may not play again for the Blues. An ongoing back injury has ruled him out for the foreseeable future.

But manager Eustace hopes he will be able to sign Sanderson permanently from Wolves.

He said last week (Birmingham Mail): “Dion has been a fantastic player for us this season. He is a true leader, seeing his development last season from when I was at QPR to now is fantastic.

“I knew that he had got that in his locker – that’s why we brought him in at the start of the season.

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“He is a player we want to keep and to lose him now until the end of the season is a massive blow to us. However, it gives somebody else the opportunity now to step up and lead by example. I am pretty sure he is going to be out for a large part of the remainder of the season.

“Absolutely I want the club to look at signing him. It’s an injury but he is a young player who has had a fantastic season up to now. I think he has proved his worth, the fans love him to bits, like we all do here at the football club.”

Dion Sanderson could fetch Wolves a decent transfer fee, as John Eustace admits he wants to sign defender permanently

It sounds as though Sanderson has really made a big impression on Eustace.

It’s not all that common for managers to publicly admit they want to sign loan players permanently. Especially with the season still in full swing.

It will be interesting to see if Wolves are open to selling.

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Sanderson will have two years left on his contract this summer, so potentially he could bring in a decent fee.

He is a proven player at Championship level and potentially there will be a number of clubs wanting to buy him.

It could also be that Julen Lopetegui wants to take a look at him in pre-season.