Black Cats midfielder leading the way for defensive midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues.
When you think of the best defensive midfielders in Europe, the one name that would generally come pretty far down the list is Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole. But new statistics show that he is actually one of the best the continent has to offer this season.
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Despite Sunderland struggling again this term, Cattermole has been crucial in keeping them out of the Premier League drop zone, and it’s also worth noting that these stats compare the player’s defensive work, rather than what they offer going forward.
5. Danielle Di Rossi – Roma
The Italian international has been in good form this season, but his role often sees him perform more as an all-round presence in the engine room rather than as a straight up defensive midfielder. However, his good work in the position has seen the side from the capital stay amongst those challenging for the Scudetto.