Lee Cattermole is closing on a move to Sheffield Wednesday, following the termination of his contract at Sunderland.
The midfielder is believed to be on around £40,000 a week, and with Sunderland failing to win promotion from League One last season, it’s not sustainable to continue to pay his wages. Another top earner Bryan Oviedo is also rumoured to be on the move.
He made 27 appearances last season, scoring a career-high seven goals in a season. The goal machine. He’ll be due a testimonial after completing 10 years at the Stadium of Light and has been a top servant for a great club.
Cattermole will be looking for a move back to the Championship, and a reunion with former boss Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday looks on the cards. Bruce managed Cattermole at both Wigan and Sunderland.
Now 31, it’s fair to say his best years are probably behind him. He didn’t stand out a mile in League One last season. Nevertheless, he’ll always give 100%, offer that leadership and stability, while smashing through a few opposition players each game.
After the news of his release, some Wigan fans were expressing their desire to sign him. I personally wouldn’t want Cattermole back. I loved him at Latics, passionate, hard-working and a ‘****house’, we simply wouldn’t match his wage requirements. Most of our players will be on between £5,000 and £10,000. Cattermole was on eight times that in League One.
I’d rather see Wigan sign a young, ambitious midfielder on a quarter of his wages. Plus, Cattermole has no resale value at 31, you may get two solid years from him – after that, he’s of no value.