Garth Crooks on Lee Cattermole’s performance for Sunderland against Newcastle United

Lee Cattermole’s performance for Sunderland against Newcastle United impressed former West Bromwich Albion forward Garth Crooks.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion forward Garth Crooks has been singing the praises of Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole on BBC Sport.

Cattermole is one of the better and more important players in the current Sunderland squad and was hugely impressive against Newcastle United on Sunday.

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder was superb against the Black Cats and was a main reason behind their 1-0 win in the Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

Crooks was impressed with what he saw of Cattermole in the Tyne-Wear derby and lavished praise on him.

“I could have selected any member of the Sunderland back five in my TOTW such was their commitment in their battle to secure all the points,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“However, one of the stand-out players in the heart of Sunderland's midfield was Lee Cattermole. It was his continuing interventions that provided the Wearsiders with the impetus and the bite to keep Newcastle at bay. A battling performance if ever I saw one.”

Cattermole played the entire 90 minutes against Newcastle and ended the game with impressive stats of one shot, 79% pass accuracy, one cross, one interception, two clearances and two blocks.

The former Wigan Athletic star also won 33% of the tackles and 50% of the headers against the Magpies.

Despite the win, Sunderland remain in danger of suffering relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season, and Cattermole will have to maintain his form for the rest of the campaign.

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