Karl Henry and Lee Cattermole - What a pairing Sunderland could have

Lee Cattermole

Sunderland have been linked with signing the Wolves midfielder, potentially creating one of the most dangerous tackling duos in the league in the heart of their midfield.

The Mail has reported that Martin O'Neill is determined to bring Karl Henry to Sunderland.

Henry is part of the Wolves side who are destined for relegation to the Championship, although it seems as though he personally will get a reprieve.

Henry has gained a reputation during his time at Wolves as one of the league's most fearsome, and at times, errant tacklers.

He gained infamy with a series of robust challenges on Joey Barton a season ago, before being sent off for a 'horror tackle' on Wigan's Jordi Gomez which many observers thought at the time could have severely injured the Spaniard.

This January he was sent off against Villa for aiming a wild kick at Marc Albrighton, before publicly apologising to then manager Mick McCarthy.

As for a move to Sunderland? The reason this one gets our goat is because of a potential midfield pairing with Lee Cattermole.

Cattermole is a walking red card at the best of times, sent off six times in the league in the past four seasons.

As a pair they would give no midfield an easy time, leaving so called 'flair players' in no doubt they have been in a game.

Is it a sign of the bright attacking football that Martin O'Neill has brought to the Stadium of Light? Not exactly.

A Cattermole-Henry axis is one most neutrals would rather gauge their eyes out than pay to see, but there could be moments where it could be effective.

It may be though than O'Neill simply sees Henry as a back-up for Cattermole rather than a player to perform alongside him, or even a replacement if he intends on moving the player on.

We may be being harsh on Cattermole- who does have his redeeming qualities- featuring in the top 30 tacklers in Europe this season, one of the few Premier League players to do so.

Karl Henry, we're not so sure.

Is a Cattermole-Henry partnership a dream team made in hell or could it make Sunderland a better side?

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