Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has revealed in the Sunderland Echo that he hasn’t spoken to Lee Cattermole about his discipline.
Cattermole is one yellow card away from his tenth of the season, which would result in a two game ban.
However, the boss has suggested that he’s not asked the midfielder to change the way he goes about his business in big games, even though it could leave the side without a key leader for upcoming matches.
“We didn’t talk about it (when he returned from injury) or ask him to play a different way,” said Poyet.
“He needs to play the game at his best and that means he needs to be Lee Cattermole.”
On the one hand, Poyet has a point because one of the reasons Cattermole is so effective in the Black Cats midfield is because he’s aggressive.
He has a real presence and the ability to put top quality players off of their game with the way he goes into challenges and looks to win possession back for the team.
On the other hand, not talking to him about his discipline means he is going to get a two game ban at some point in the near future.
Every game is vital for the side over the rest of the season and it’s important Poyet has his most important players available over the rest of the season.
In effect, Poyet may feel that it’s better for Cattermole to get his ban out of the way as quickly as possible although there is never a good time for the club to potentially lose ground on the other sides looking to pull clear from the threat of relegation.