Advocaat made a surprising u-turn to take charge of Sunderland on a permanent basis last week, and a report in the Northern Echo has indicated that securing Cattermole’s future is his ‘main priority’ in the transfer window.
The 27-year-old midfielder has just one year left on his current deal, and Advocaat is keen on tying him down to a long-term contract as soon as possible. The club had already held talks with Cattermole and his representatives prior to Advocaat’s return to the Stadium of Light, but the Dutch coach is now looking to wrap up the deal as soon as possible.
Cattermole is said to be keen on remaining on Wearside, and his importance to the Black Cats should not be understated.
Last season, the English midfielder made 28 appearances in the Premier League, scoring just one goal and failing to register a single assist. However, it is his defensive work and ability to cover the entire field endlessly which is an important trait, especially in a side managed by Advocaat - who preaches high intensity pressing.
He may not be the most talented player, but he made 2.7 tackles per game, 2.4 interceptions per game, and 2.4 clearances per game, making him by far the most effective defensive workhorse in the Sunderland ranks.
Whilst Cattermole is set to be offered a new contract, Advocaat’s arrival looks to have ended any chances of Wes Brown and Anthony Reveillere being offered new deals, as per the same report.