Now that Scott Parker seems certain to join West Ham – Big Sam will need to appoint someone to be captain of the side for next season. Letâ€™s take a look at some of the candidates.
Former Captain Scott Parker
Since there are still quite a few players to be arriving it could well be one of them â€“ if theyâ€™re a senior player â€“ could end up becoming captain.
Of the current players in place now who is most qualified to be captain?
Letâ€™s take a look at four potential candidates:
1) Nicky Butt â€“ captained the side a few times last season when given and Parker were out injured. Nicky has the experience plus the guts and determination when it matters most. After a poor first two seasons at Newcastle Nicky came back last year to show great character and win over the Newcastle fans. When given the captaincy for a couple of games he showed genuine pride in leading the team. He would make a good captain for Newcastle.
2) Shay Given â€“ currently vice captain â€“ a good choice for captain but for his position as goalkeeper â€“ which makes it difficult to communicate with the players. However it wouldn’t be the first time a goalkeeper was captain. Shay is one of our senior players and very respected in the dressing room as one of our best and most consistent performers every season.
3) Michael Owen â€“ has captained England and may be given the armband by Sam to get him more involved with Newcastle – which he doesn’t seem (or want?) to be right now. We don’t think Michael has done enough for the team (14 games – an understatement) to warrant being captain and in any case doesn’t look to us to be a natural leader.
4) Steven Taylor â€“ shouldn’t really have him down here for now – but certainly a future Newcastle United captain. Steven will be an important player for us next season. He’s looking very much like John Terry of five years ago – and has already caught the attention of the senior squad by his commanding performances for the England under 21 team (for which he has appeared 14 times). We think Steven is that good he can emulate Terry – who of course went on from his England under 21 exploits (played 9 times) to captain both Chelsea and England.
Sam had 23 year old Kevin Nolan as captain at Bolton â€“ and Joey Barton was captain at Manchester City. Should he join Newcastle however, there’s no chance Joey will captain the side.
So there’s four we considered – and Nicky Butt comes out on top for us â€“ and we also think Nicky will be much better next season under the tutelage of Sam Allardyce. Who do you think should be captain – from those already at the club?