Michael Dawson has left Tottenham Hotspur and moved to Hull City, leaving behind the Spurs captain’s armband in the process. Times are changing at Tottenham under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, and now the Argentine must choose a new on-field leader.
There are plenty of candidates for the role at White Hart Lane, but some are perhaps more deserving than others. The following are 5 men who could be given the chance to captain the Lilywhites from now on:
The French international goalkeeper and captain, Lloris will understandably be the first-choice for many. He is already considered a leader on the White Hart Lane pitch, and he is known to be very vocal in the Tottenham dressing room.
Lloris’ position could make it a little more difficult for him to be selected as captain, though, as some managers prefer to give the armband to an outfield player. That being said, Lloris’ signing of a new long-term deal with the North London club at the beginning of the summer could be demonstration enough of the commitment and long-term future plans that are needed within the role.
The Belgian international has experienced an up and down career for Tottenham since joining the club 2 seasons ago, but should he be given the armband then he would be forced to showcase his world class credentials on a weekly basis.
Sometimes the captaincy can help the individual player as much as it does the team as a whole, and that would certainly be the case with Vertonghen. A player who needs to settle into his Tottenham career sooner rather than later, a slice of leadership could be the responsibility that he needs.
The club’s main striker, Adebayor could bring an Alan Shearer-esque quality to the captaincy. A reliable scorer of goals, provider of assists, and generator of aggression and attitude, Adebayor could lead from the front and he could do so very effectively.
Alongside Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado, the former Arsenal and Man City player is likely to start more games than his up front rivals. Given that he also possesses a huge amount of Premier League experience within an otherwise inexperienced squad, Adebayor has to be considered an option.
The centre-back has taken temporary ownership of the armband during the opening games of this Premier League season, leading to speculation that he will be given the honour on a permanent basis now that Dawson has definitely left the club.
Kaboul would represent a like-for-like replacement for the departing Dawson as well, both in terms of his position and his on-field temperament. The player is a strong, example-setter and a relatively clear thinker. He is perhaps not the best player in the squad technically, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the best choice for captain.
Mauricio Pochettino has on his hands a large and varied squad. The Argentine manager will no doubt face many selection headaches over the course of this season, but Eriksen is a player who is likely to feature in every game for which he is available. For that reason, he might be given the armband.
The Danish midfielder is not the greatest speaker on the pitch, but he leads by a very good example. If Tottenham want to succeed in playing an attractive, entertaining brand of football, then Eriksen could become a blueprint for them. No doubt he is an outside bet for the captaincy, but he shouldn’t be entirely overlooked.
All 5 men have justification to make a claim for the armband, but it is surely a straight race between Hugo Lloris and Emmanuel Adebayor. Lloris is a proven leader of men and would represent a safe, reliable appointment for Pochettino. On the other hand, Adebayor could thrive with the responsibility, and he would be able to put years of Premier League know-how into the role. Perhaps Lloris just edges it, but the Spurs striker isn’t too far behind.