Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has claimed Wolves youngster Dion Sanderson rejected a Premier League club to go to St Andrew’s.
The central defender is spending the season on loan at the Championship outfit. He is looking to build on a great season with Sunderland last term.
Sanderson made his debut for the Blues in the EFL Cup defeat to Fulham on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old played just over an hour before having to go off injured.
It has since transpired it was a spot of cramp.
Fans were left impressed by Sanderson’s first showing, despite the team losing 2-0.
It is a big season for the youngster, who is looking to build on his performances for the Black Cats.
After agreeing a contract extension with Wolves, Sanderson has moved to Birmingham and Bowyer has suggested his club staved off Premier League interest to get him.
He said (via Birmingham Live): “I understand another Premier League club tried to buy him as well. But obviously they [Wolves] speak highly of him and think that he will go a long way.
“He’s here now, he did well last year at Sunderland, I guess this is his next stepping stone.”
Prior to his Midlands move, Sanderson was linked with Newcastle United.
Championship stint was probably the best decision
One wonders if Newcastle were indeed the team that tried to buy Sanderson a couple of months ago.
It is probably for the best that Sanderson has gone to the Championship again.
He did have half a term with Cardiff City in 2019/20, but this is a chance for him to really build his experience in potential preparation for the Premier League.
He has big potential, and it is a real boost that Wolves managed to get him to sign a new deal.