Former Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott has compared reported Sheffield Wednesday target Dion Sanderson to Jonny Evans following his stunning performances in the North East.
Sanderson joined Sunderland on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
But he could have been a Wednesday player this season had Garry Monk got his way.
According to Yorkshire Live, Monk wanted to sign Sanderson on loan with a view to a future permanent deal as the defender’s contract at Wolves expires in 2022.
The Owls had already struck a bargain when they signed Dominic Iorfa, and Sanderson was cited as another young star struggling to break in at Wolves but with big potential.
Ultimately, the Owls missed out as Sanderson joined Sunderland in League One.
Now, after a string of fine performances, Elliott believes Sanderson is the best loan signing the Black Cats have had since former Manchester United man Jonny Evans.
“Dion Sanderson has a huge future in the game. Best on loan player I’ve seen at the club since Jonny Evans. Wise beyond his years on the pitch,” Elliott was quoted as saying by Birmingham Mail.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson echoed his thoughts, saying the versatile defender is a player with ‘real high potential and talent’ after the 3-0 win at Burton Albion.
Sanderson will certainly have a bright future if he emulates Leicester’s Evans.
The Northern Ireland international won the Premier League title at United and was linked with a £20 million return to Old Trafford while at West Brom before joining Leicester.
Wednesday may regret missing out on him as Sanderson’s value is on the rise.
The Owls will need to bolster their defensive options this summer, with both Joost van Aken and the influential Tom Lees out of contract at the end of the current season.