giovedì 7 novembre 2013

Lee Cattermole once again

Sunderland imploded with two straight red cards in a five minute period just before half-time in the game against Hull City. One of them was awarded to Lee Cattermole. The midfielder is shown red by referee Andre Marriner during the Mackems 1-0 defeat to Hull City. Cattermole was sent off for the sixth time in his Black Cats career. At just 25, Cattermole has the second highest amount of red cards in Premier League history, averaging a sending off every 26 games. Once looked like a rising star and a future England international, linked with several big name clubs, Cattermole showed a lack of discipline that affected his career. Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio signed a lot of midfielders last summer trying to get rid of former Wigan player. New manager Gus Poyet reinstated him into the first team but Cattermole’s aggressive approach risks to damage the team more than help it. He isn't just a victim of his reputation. He also needs to cut his attitude. He often made tackles he doesn’t need to make. The midfielder will now miss the next three games. It leads questions whether Cattermole still has a future in EPL. Cattermole got the skills to become a good central midfielder and a key part of the technical midfield Poyet would like to build around him, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ki Sung-Yeung. Cattermole averaged 80% of pass accuracy since returned to Sunderland and his defensive stats of 2.5 of tackles and 2 interceptions per game is impressive. But his lack of composure made him an easy target for officials. He needs to improve and to made his mark on pivotal games as that against Hull. In matches like those, Cattermole needs to step up to prove he’s a reliable midfielder and no more an undisciplined Championship player, good enough just for a low table team.

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