Lee Cattermole is the name that always springs to mind when you think of Sunderland, especially over the last seven or eight years.
The combative midfielder has been a fixture in the Black Cats’ team for years now and has become a firm fans’ favourite in the meantime.
Cattermole was an ever-present in the Sunderland side last season during their embarrassing slide down the leagues into League One.
With a new manager in town in the shape of Jack Ross, there is a chance, however, that Cattermole’s place could be at risk.
Ross appears keen to freshen things up at the North East club and cutting some of the Sunderland stalwarts could be a place for him to start.
So is Lee Cattermole a guaranteed starter for Sunderland next season?
It depends on Ross’ vision.
Cattermole is an experienced professional and he would surely be an asset for Sunderland.
But if Ross wants a younger and more dynamic midfield, Cattermole could have to settle for a substitute spot.
He shouldn’t be.
Cattermole has been a part of Sunderland’s failures over the years and hasn’t played well. Like everyone though, it should be a fresh start under the new manager and go from there.
Not in the slightest.
The 2018/19 campaign needs to be a fresh start for Sunderland and I’m not 100% convinced Cattermole will be a part of it.
He could be someone that’s moved on between now and the end of the transfer window.
Depends which one of him turns up.
He should be a regular if he can display discipline and leadership but if that goes out the window he’ll be on the bench.
You’d like to think he’s going to try and drive this team forwards now though.
I think so, his experience will be vital and he is the club captain.
Whilst they need plenty of League One players, Cattermole is a fighter who will give you everything whether it’s Arsenal, Aston Villa or Accrington Stanley lining up against him.