25-year-old Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has been told he can leave the club, according to a report in The Daily Mirror. The combative midfielder is said to not be in Paulo Di Canio’s plans as he rebuilds the Black Cats squad ahead of the new season, as the club hopes to improve on last season’s below par performance.
Sunderland are sure to have a new look when the season kicks off on August 17th and the Italian manager has been busy, already securing the services of Valentin Roberge, El-Hadji Ba, Jozy Altidore, Modibo Diakite and Vito Mannone.
But the signings don’t seem to be ending there with Gino Peruzzi and Emanuele Giaccherini believed to be close to becoming Sunderland players in what is proving an extensive restructuring of the side by the ex-Swindon boss.
Cattermole began his youth career with Middlesbrough before making the transition to senior level at The Riverside Stadium in 2005. He made his senior debut in a local derby with Newcastle in January 2006 in a match that then manager Steve McLaren saw as him coming of age, saying: “When we needed people to stand up and be counted, it took a 17-year-old to bring everyone together.”
In 2006 Cattermole became the Clubs youngest ever captain in an end of season match against Fulham. That summer the player would go on to sign a 4 year contract with the North-East club.
After two more years at the club, his robust displays were rewarded with a move to Wigan Athletic in 2008. Cattermole would go on to play 33 times that following season and his performances weren’t unnoticed and the following summer he was rewarded with a move to Sunderland in a £6million fee.
The Stockton-on-tees born player went on to make nearly 75 appearances at the Stadium of Light. His all encompassing style saw him booked 32 times and sent off four times. However Cattermole’s strong displays saw him as an important member of the Sunderland set-up.
A move to Hull City has been mooted and it would be a good fit considering he has twice played under Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic and during Bruce’s stint at Sunderland.
He would also prove to be a good fit to Hull if he did move to the KC Stadium as the midfielder would add some genuine steel to the midfield of a team who will be hoping to survive their first season on returning to the top flight of English football.