Portsmouth to battle Plymouth for exciting Premier League talent

Portsmouth are one of three EFL clubs looking to sign Wolves defender Dion Sanderson, as reported by Football Insider.

It’s believed Nuno Santo’s side have decided to loan out the 19-year-old  in order for him to gain first-team experience. Pompey have reportedly already made an approach, with League Two duo Plymouth Argyle and Cheltenham Town also keen. The decision now rests with the Wolves hierarchy, who must decide where will serve their rising star best.

The centre back is highly rated at Molineux, having been handed a new long-term contract last June. After coming through the youth ranks, he’s progressed and made his debut in the League Cup clash with Aston Villa in October.

He has been a regular in the Wolves Under-23s side this season in Premier League 2 but now needs senior football to help him kick on.

Pompey have had a difficult first half of the season, they currently sit 10th in the division, but are only one point adrift of Peterborough United in the final play-off spot. Should Wolves opt to send him to Cheltenham or Plymouth, they’ll be pitching him into a promotion battle in League Two.

Our View

Sanderson needs regular first team football, but Wolves must ensure wherever he does go he gets what he needs. Portsmouth are a big club and the pressure to get into the top six is huge on the south coast; can they guarantee him regular outings?

Perhaps Cheltenham or Plymouth could be more certain about how much he would play. On the other hand, if the youngster sees how Matt Clarke developed at Pompey, they could be an attractive choice.



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