When Fabricio Coloccini went off at half last Sunday in the game against Southampton Jonas Gutierrez wore the armband in the second half, but if Colo misses tomorrow’s game it looks like we’ll see Yohan Cabaye captain Newcastle at Swansea and on many levels, that’s makes a lot of sense.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring penalty against Southampton
In fact with Colo looking to leave the club and return home to Argentina to be with his family, it’s likely that Yohan Cabaye will get the nod as the new captain, and one reason that’s appropriate is because of so many French players in the side – and he’s probably Newcastle’s best player right now.
This is what Alan had to say in the local press today before he left with the squad for South Wales:
“I think Yohan would be a worthy person to carry that armband – if Colo doesn’t start, Cabaye will be captain.” “I think with the influence of the French players, it makes more sense for Cabaye to take the captaincy if Colo doesn’t make it.”
We don’t think Alan Pardew will risk Colo tomorrow, and will probably keep him for the game in Russia next Thursday night in the first leg of the Europa League tie against FC Anzhi Makhachkala.
And it seems that Jak Alnwick will again be on the bench with Steve Harper still suffering from a slight knee injury.
It’s would be good to have Yohan as captain if Colo does leave this summer, because that should also help him stay at Newcastle, as we feel sure there will be some good bids coming in for him this summer – with the news that both Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on the play-maker.
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