With the transfer window now well and truly open, rumours of Michael Dawson switching to Hull are gathering momentum and even if that alleged deal were to fall through, the centre half will have a number of further options to stay in the Premiership.
If Daws does leave, the club captain’s armband will then be up for grabs but who are the main contenders for what should be a coveted position?
- Hugo LLoris
Any speculation is obviously dependent on who stays at the club next season and Hugo’s performances at the World Cup in Brazil are likely to spark another wave of departure rumours as soon as France’s campaign is over.
Club and international team mate Younes Kaboul has described Lloris as World Class and his ability to command and control his back four are qualities that will make him an outstanding candidate for Dawson’s role.
2. Jan Vertonghen
This suggestion will doubtless meet with some hostility but after a difficult season for the Belgian international, could club captaincy galvanise Vertonghen and see him turn in the type of performance that we’ve seen on a regular basis at the World Cup?
At his worst, sulky Jan does a good temperamental Adebayor impression and in that frame of mind he would be no use as a player let alone as a captain. But would this be a good move in terms of trying to get him to play at his Belgian best?
In cricket, batsmen are usually made captain at the expense of the bowlers and in football, defenders usually take the armband. Kaboul was second vice captain in 2013-14 and with the worst of his injury problems behind him, he will be a contender for this role if Pochettino keeps him at the club.
At his best, Younes can be worthy of the position but will form and fitness desert him?
If ever there was a leader in midfield then surely it must be Sandro and if nothing else, the great example that he shows to everyone else in the side must count for something.
As with all the players mentioned so far, the question is, will be stay at the club to be in with a chance of taking the armband?
5. Aaron Lennon
Look, I’m only mentioning this because Lennon was the official vice captain in 2013-14. In the first instance, his form last season means he may face a battle to get in the side but there is a possibility that the new coach will simply elevate the next ‘cab off the rank’.
The notable thing when compiling this list was the lack of credible candidates. Those that appeared to have the relevant qualities were the ones whose futures seemed most in doubt. Beyond LLoris, Sandro and possibly Vertonghen, few, if any really made a case.
What’s your opinion? Do any of these five deserve the captaincy or have I missed anyone out? As a third alternative would Mauricio Pochettino be looking to bring in his own man – Dejan Lovren for example?