Cattermole set to depart Sunderland after Di Canio takes squad number away

Paolo Di Canio has been nothing short of ruthless this summer with the Italian keen to make his on mark on the club before the new season gets underway.

The latest player set for the chop is club captain Lee Cattermole who has been sensationally left at home for the club’s tour and has even lost his squad number.

Di Canio has chosen to give the number 6 shirt to new signing Cabral who recently moved to the Stadium of Light from Swiss champions Basel.

Reports emerging from the club have suggested that things have got so bad for Cattermole that he now has to train with the reserve squad rather than in the first team.

With his future on Wearside looking bleak, Cattermole has caught the attention of several Premier League clubs none more so than Hull who is managed by former manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce was the one who initially made Cattermole captain at the Stadium of Light and could be willing to pay £2m to sign the midfielder for the third time.

Hull have already been beneficiaries of the Di Canio clearout having signed striker Danny Graham on loan earlier this week and Cattermole could link-up with his former teammate.

It won’t be easy for Bruce though as several other clubs are interested in Cattermole’s services including Fulham and Cardiff City who are both looking to reinforce their teams in the middle of the park.

Di Canio’s decision to freeze Cattermole out of the club is a strange one considering that the player has featured prominently for the club since joining from Wigan in 2009.

Despite not scoring any league goals for the club, the player has featured on a regular basis making 87 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Cattermole struggled with injury though towards the back end of last season which limited to just making 10 appearances for the club last season and hampering his chance to make an impact with new boss Paolo Di Canio.

After losing his place in the squad, Di Canio has passed the captaincy on to John O’Shea suggesting that Cattermole’s fate has already been decided.

With the Italian revolution now in full swing at the Stadium of Light, don’t be surprised to see other big names joining Lee Cattermole out of the club before the season kicks off in just over 3 weeks time.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!