Aston Villa are setting their sights on Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Dion Sanderson, according to Football Insider.
However, Dean Smith’s side are likely to face competition in their efforts to sign the 20-year-old with Cardiff City also battling for his signature. The defender is highly-rated and even made his first-team debut against the Villans last October.
Given there are only a few centre-backs available to Nuno Espirito Santo, keeping Sanderson rather than loaning him out could be a very good option. Wolves have just three players available at the heart of the defence, showing that more depth will be needed especially if they reach next season’s Champions League (via Transfermarkt).
Sanderson has shown he has the quality to be among the first-team squad. In three appearances on loan at Cardiff, he has averaged fewer fouls per game and more interceptions than Willy Boly, as per WhoScored, showing his ability to read the game win the ball cleanly. He earned the praise of manager Neil Harris, who claimed that he was excellent when making his debut for the Bluebirds against Nottingham Forest (via Birmingham Mail).
From the praise he has received for his show of quality, keeping the £135k-rated, as per Transfermarkt, player in and around the first-team will be the best option for next season. Options really are limited at back for the Midlands side, so having an extra body will be useful especially as the team look likely to qualify for European football.
With Boly already 29, earmarking his successor now rather than later would be a smart move. Conor Coady, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves could act as mentors and help Sanderson make the leap up to top-flight football to eventually replace the ex-Porto man.
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