LEE Cattermole thoroughly deserved his North East Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year award, and it’s good to see him getting the recognition his performances have merited, and making headlines for the right reasons.
He had a sterling role in last season’s great escape, and has been one of Sunderland’s most consistent performers in this current campaign.
No one should worry about his recent one-game suspension, as that’s the price you pay these days for his sort of game, and the main thing is that he avoids straight reds, as the team suffers when down to 10 men and the suspensions are more severe.
In that respect, he has improved, as his record shows, and he is also a much better player when he keeps his cool and his discipline.
Cattermole has proved many people wrong in his time at Sunderland, and there were plenty who wanted him out and labelled him a liability, but he is playing as well now as he has ever done, as recognised by the North East football writers.