Jonjo Shelvey has been held up as a possible captain of NUFC following NUFC’s 2-1 win over Lillestrom SK .
It’s not the first time that Fabricio Coloccini’s captaincy has been questioned, so how credible is Shelvey as a challenger for the armband?
Does Shelvey have the experience of being a captain?
At club level he’s inexperienced – to the best of my knowledge he’s never captained any of Charlton, Liverpool, or Swansea.
International level is a different story. Regularly a captain for England youth, he apparently wore the armband well. Scoring a free-kick on his ‘captaincy debut’ for the u-19s after coming off of the bench.
He has some experience of captaincy. How different it is to captain at club and international level, is a matter for debate.
Does Jonjo Shelvey have the right attitude?
You can’t doubt his passion for his club. His young career is littered with examples of him taking the initiative and taking responsibility.
The best example of this comes from his time at Liverpool, after he was sent off for a challenge on Jonny Evans. As he was being led off of the pitch he engaged in verbal sparring with Sir Alex Ferguson, whom Shelvey claimed was a ‘grass’ and helped the midfielder get sent off.
The game (a 2-1 victory for MU) has been forgotten by most, but not by Ferguson, who was impressed with the midfielder, saying ‘you’ve got a bit of balls about you’.
But the rough edges are clear as well: his challenge on Cheickhou Kouyate on his NUFC debut just one of the disciplinary incidents that have dogged Shelvey’s career.
He has the experience, he definitely has the passion (at times maybe a bit too much)…but would he make a good NUFC captain?
In my opinion he would but that is not the only question to answer.
Is it worth unseating Coloccini (ED: This article received before news of Coloccini’s injury late Sunday night)?
I think that in recent years it has become abundantly clear that Colocinni has only retained the captaincy because there are no good challengers – now there is.
There are some difficult decisions coming up at NUFC.
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