Sanderson back at Molineux

Wolves have welcomed Dion Sanderson back from his Championship loan spell to bolster Bruno Lage’s squad and continue the defender’s development.

During the first half of the 2021/22, the 22-year-old has impressed in his 16 appearances on loan at Birmingham City, helping the Blues to seven clean sheets and producing consistent performances in defence.

It’s the latest successful loan spell for the Wednesfield-born centre back, who has previously gained plaudits for time at Cardiff City and Sunderland, and now re-joins his parent club alongside fellow youngster Ryan Giles.

Sanderson, who joined Wolves at the age of eight, signed a new four-year contract at Molineux in the summer, and now links up with Lage’s first-team, which is without three senior central defenders this month.

While Romain Saiss is representing Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations, Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera remain injured, so Sanderson’s return bolsters Lage’s group and provides a useful learning experience for the youngster.

Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said: “For Dion to be playing week in, week out at Championship level has been fantastic for his development. It prepares him for his career and he’s doing well, and this is a good opportunity to have him back in the building, to have a good look at him.

“With Saiss going to Afcon and Boly and Mosquera injured, this gives us an opportunity to bolster the squad and also gives Dion the chance to be back at Compton, and for him, he can hopefully get some minutes, and we’ll see how the situation develops.

“He’s had two years out on loan and played lots of football, so to have a spell back at the club will be useful for him and us.”