Teenage Wolves defender Dion Sanderson is hopeful that he will make his first team debut for the club in tonight’s Carabao Cup clash away to Aston Villa.
Speaking to wolves.co.uk, the 19-year-old said that it would “mean a lot” to make his senior competitive bow against another Midlands club and feels that he is ready to step in if called upon.
Sanderson told wolves.co.uk: “It would mean a lot to play against Villa. I have to wait for my chance and be patient, mentally I have to be ready as well, because anything can happen – I have to be ready. It’s a big game, we definitely want to win.”
Sanderson had been knocking on the door of the first team squad earlier in the season, having been named among the substitutes for the first two Europa League qualifiers against Crusaders and the previous Carabao Cup clash against Reading. [via TransferMarkt]
The 19-year-old was also involved with Nuno Espirito Santo’s senior squad during their pre-season tour of China in July, playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Newcastle and Manchester City.
He has been a regular presence for Wolves’ under-23 side so far this season, starting all but one of their Premier League 2 matches and providing an assist against Tottenham in the most recent of those. [via TransferMarkt]
Sanderson’s chances of making his first team debut tonight have been increased by the absences of regular centre-backs Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly through injury, with the former not due back until at least the weekend because of a groin problem and the latter facing a spell on the sidelines after breaking his ankle in recent days.
Whether the youngster will go straight into the starting line-up at centre-back is less clear, as Nuno still has the near ever-present Conor Coady available, along with summer arrival Jesus Vallejo (six appearances so far) and Max Kilman, who started against Slovan Bratislava and has been on the bench for the last four Premier League games.
However, with Nuno consistently fielding three centre-backs and with two regulars missing through injury, tonight’s game seems like the ideal time to give Sanderson a chance to prove his worth to the manager for future matches. With Wolves already playing 20 games so far this season, they could need all the squad depth they can get as the winter approaches.
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