Rowell Report: Sunderland midfielder’s stats back up form

Gary Rowell
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I HEARD it said that if Gus Poyet had accepted Stoke’s bid for Lee Cattermole, pictured, back in January, then he would have been lining up against Sunderland on Saturday.

Personally I don’t believe that’s true, because Sunderland would almost certainly have been playing Rotherham, Blackpool or some other team from the Championship instead, had he been sold.

That’s how important I think Catts is to Sunderland and although Connor Wickham’s goals got most of the headlines in last season’s ‘Great Escape’, Cattermole was the driving force behind it.

In the seven games played so far, Cattermole has been Sunderland’s stand-out performer and the key to that is in all those games, he has only picked up two yellow cards and no reds.

Given his past record, you can’t discuss Cattermole’s form without talking about his disciplinary record as the two go hand in hand.

And keeping on the referee’s good side continues to be crucial to Cattermole’s outstanding performances.

The last thing he needs is an enforced break when he’s playing so well.