Former Leeds United and Chelsea midfielder Vinnie Jones has told Sky Sports that he sees a bit of himself in Lee Cattermole.
Jones, now a well-known Hollywood actor, made his named in the 1980s and 1990s as a footballing hardman, his tackles and challenges often aggressive.
The kinds of tackles that former Wales international Jones used to make during his playing career are not too common in the Premier League these days.
The 50-year-old has revealed that he knew that players like him would become extinct, and he seems to appreciate the combative playing style of Sunderland defensive midfielder Cattermole.
“I said it years ago to Ruud, my mate Ruud Gullit at Chelsea,” Jones said on the Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday show. “I said to him that with all these foreign players coming in and these diving, there will a lot more rolling about and players like me will become extinct.
“I think they have. There are still a couple about who have a go. The lad at Sunderland, the midfield player, Lee Cattermole. There is a lad at Watford in midfield who is an old-fashioned player.”
Cattermole is a strong and bullish defensive midfielder and is a key player for the current Sunderland team.
The 27-year-old has been a success with his combative style at Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and now Sunderland, and he will be looking to make sure that the Black Cats retain their Premier League status for next season.
The Englishman has scored one goal and created nine chance in 23 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Cattermole has a pass accuracy of 82%, and has won 21 headers, 10 dribbles and 45 tackles.