With their loan spells at the Stadium of Light coming to an end in the summer, Dion Sanderson and Jordan Jones have decisions to make regarding where their immediate futures lie.
Sanderson recently said in an interview with his parent club Wolves that he aims to play in the Premier League with them one day, seemingly putting to bed any hopes that Sunderland could sign the centre-back permanently.
However, this should not mean that Sunderland should shy away from offering the centre half another season-long loan at the club, with the condition of Championship football being a requirement.
Sanderson has hinted that he would be open to extending his stay at the Stadium of Light but has also attracted interest from clubs such as Crystal Palace and Sheffield United. It is looking unlikely that Sanderson will leave Wolverhampton Wanderers on a permanent deal, unless they receive an astronomical fee for the highly rated youngster, something that could price Sunderland out of a permanent deal.
Jordon Jones has also started his loan spell at Sunderland quite well, netting his first goal for the club against Crewe in a 2-2 draw and also scoring an audacious lob to put us 2-0 ahead in our first win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park since 1997. Newly crowned Champions Rangers sent Jones on loan to Sunderland to get first team football and it is unclear at this stage what Steven Gerrard would want for the tricky winger. For the time being though, Jones could play a big part in getting Sunderland promoted to the Championship and both he and Dion Sanderson are doing themselves no harm being part of unbeaten run which has now stemmed to eleven games.
Sunderland can't afford to worry too much about the futures of their loan stars and for now the priority will be getting another victory on the board against Joey Barton's Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Jordan Jones is in contention for the game after a three-game absence and Dion Sanderson will be expected to start alongside Luke O'Nien once again.