Former Sheffield United and Birmingham City midfielder Curtis Woodhouse likened Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole to Dick Turpin during the Tyne-Wear Derby on Sunday afternoon.
The outspoken ex-footballer, turned boxer, was especially critical of the former Wigan Athletic midfielder during the game between Sunderland and Newcastle United despite the Black Cats' 3-0 win.
Cattermole is bobbins, at least dick Turpin wore a mask, stealing a living that lad— curtis woodhouse (@woodhousecurtis) October 25, 2015
Although the initial comment was made half-an-hour into the game, when the score was still 0-0, he later responded to his followers and supporters with more insults towards the Sunderland skipper despite them taking the lead:
Can't pass can't tackle can't score can't assist, gives stupid fouls away, one plus, he runs around, so does my dog https://t.co/U938hD7UNx— curtis woodhouse (@woodhousecurtis) October 25, 2015
Cattermole close to a first career assist then, good effort lad— curtis woodhouse (@woodhousecurtis) October 25, 2015
Does Cattermole warrant the criticism given to him by Woodhouse?
Despite Cattermole-esque players becoming few and far between in the modern game, he has managed to carve a football career playing at the highest level in England.
He is a midfielder who is admired by his managers for getting his hands dirty and putting his body on the line, something many supporters appreciate in an age of diving primadonnas and overzealous refereeing.
Against Newcastle, despite not showcasing the most ability on the pitch, it could be argued that his presence and determination in the middle of the park gave other players the freedom needed to pick up all three points in the derby.
Under Allardyce, who is renowned for getting the best out of physical players, it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that Cattermole could go on to improve further in the Premier League and finally land himself an England call-up after years of knocking on the door.