This afternoon, Blues announced the loan acquisition of Wolves defender Dion Sanderson. Sanderson will join Blues on a one year loan and should certainly boost the defensive ranks going into the 2021/22 campaign.

In this in-depth article we are going to take a look at his career, play style and some notable facts and stats of Dion Sanderson.

How Will he fit in?

Sanderson is a fantastic out and out defender.  He will not hesitate to put his body on the line to keep attackers at bay.

He has impressed everywhere he has gone and with premier League interest, you would think he has been promised first team football under Bowyer.

This could mean that one of Dean or Robbo get pushed out, or the more likely option in my opinion, we move to a back 3 the same way we ended last season.

I would imagine that Dean, Roberts and Sanderson will be the regular back 3, with Pedersen and Gordon making occasional appearances.

Player Facts:

Age = 21

Position(s) = Natural – CB, Can Play – RB

Nationality = English

Height =  6ft 2

Foot = Right

Academy = Wolves

Strengths = Speed, Bravery, Positioning

Weaknesses = Heading, Decision Making, Finishing

Caps = 0

Career Timeline:

October 2019 – Dion made his Wolves debut in a cup tie against Aston Villa.

January 2020 – Sanderson moved on Loan to Cardiff in search of first team football, but was only able to feature in about half of the games in the second half of the season.

October 2020 – Sanderson moved on loan to League one side Sunderland.

March 2021 – Sanderson scored his first professional goal in a 2-0 victory Vs Rochdale.

April 2021 – A back injury ruled Sanderson out of the run in and playoffs for Sunderland.

May 2021 – Sanderson was awarded the Sunderland Young Player of the Season accolade after a successful campaign with the Black Cats.

Career Stats:

Apps = 42

Goals = 1

Clean Sheets = 14/42 (33%)

Tackles Success Rate = 88%

Aerial Duel Success Rate = 57%

Passing Success Rate = 80%

Overall Review:

I think Sanderson will have a very good season with Blues and he  should be a big lift to the squad with a play style unlike our other CB’s.

Transfer Rating – 8/10