Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has played own an issue that was prevalent before he arrived at the club – and it was who should be the captain at Newcastle through the end of the season with Jonjo Shelvey showing in captain Colo’s absence thorough injury – that he is a good fighting captain for the team.
We had thought that once Colo returns he would be given back the captaincy by Rafa, simply because that’s the status quo and giving it to Jonjo could cause some friction within the squad and that’s the very last thing we want right now.
We want all the lads fighting together for the same single cause – to survive in the Premier League.
Coloccini and Benitez watch training last Saturday
This is what the former Liverpool manager said when asked by the Chronicle if he had been left with a big decision to make on who captains the side:
“Not really,” “We knew that Jonjo Shelvey could be captain.” “I don’t see any point in creating something about this. Shelvey is captain now and Coloccini maybe will be in the future. ”
“The main thing for me is whether they can perform on the pitch.”
As Rafa says, when Colo returns from injury he wants both Coloccini and Shelvey to play well (at their best) for the team – and that’s by far the most important thing – and it’s the right approach too and it’s simply being pragmatic.
We have far bigger fish to fry in the last nine games than who will captain the side – that issue can be sorted out in the summer – hopefully when we are still in the Premier League.
Rafa doesn’t want to make anything out of the captaincy “issue” at the club over the last nine games of the season.
What do you think?