Molineux news: Wolves could resort to "desperate" call involving academy graduate

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Journalist Luke Hatfield believes Wolves will only recall defender Dion Sanderson from his loan spell if they are desperate in January.

The 21-year-old is currently at Birmingham City on a temporary basis until the end of the season, and Hatfield doubts that he will return to the Premier League club early.

How has Sanderson fared this season?

Sanderson's time at St Andrew's has not gone to plan so far. The youngster has started just three of Birmingham's 12 Championship fixtures, as the team have had a difficult start to the season, and find themselves down in 19th place in the table.

When he has played, Sanderson has made a solid contribution, with his average WhoScored match rating standing at 6.59 - this sees him rank eighth when compared to his teammates.

He will be hoping to get more game time over the coming months, though.

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What has Hatfield said about Wolves potentially recalling Sanderson in January?

The Express & Star reporter expects Wolves to sign a centre-back in January. With this in mind, he feels that Sanderson will probably stay in the second tier for now, and the Premier League outfit will only bring him back early as a last resort, if they miss out on their main targets.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Sanderson could be an option for them, if things don’t go to plan. In particular, if it gets late on in January and they’ve missed out on a couple of targets, then maybe it’s one where almost out of desperation, that you say: ‘yeah, okay, bring him back’ because he’s going to have a role to play.”

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Should Wolves consider recalling Sanderson?

They do look short of options at the back right now. The Midlands club started the season with just five centre-backs, and Yerson Mosquera has since picked up a serious hamstring injury.

Furthermore, Romain Saiss will likely miss a number of games in January due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, so Bruno Lage could really benefit from adding another defender or two at the start of next year. One of these players coming in could be their academy graduate, Sanderson. 

Then again, Sanderson is yet to produce any standout performances in the Championship, and there is certainly an argument that he is not ready for the Premier League at this stage of his career.

It would perhaps be better for him to get a full season in the Championship under his belt before returning to Molineux, rather than Wolves rushing him back to cover up for their shortcomings in the transfer market. 

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