With less than four weeks to go until the Premier League kicks off again, the naming of the Newcastle Captain and vice-captain(s) is imminent.
When asked in recent days about the Captaincy, Steve McClaren simply said ‘There is no decision yet’.
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It is a year to the day that Alan Pardew revealed that he was keeping faith with Fabricio Coloccini as Newcastle Captain but was spreading the responsibility, both in terms of the number of players he was relying on and the areas of the pitch they operated in, by naming two vice-captains to share the load.
13 July 2014 – Alan Pardew:
“At Newcastle I have great faith in Fabricio Coloccini, but we have also just announced two official vice-captains in Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong, who was captain at Ajax, giving us three players from different areas of the pitch to take that bit of extra responsibility.
At that point there was over five weeks until Newcastle kicked off the season but of course United didn’t have a new manager/head coach who was only just getting to know the players.
A combination of Fabricio Coloccini’s poor form and a perceived lack of leadership as the team fell apart around him last season, led to many fans calling for a new Newcastle Captain to be appointed.
Daryl Janmaat was the most popular choice in various polls, due to him being Newcastle’s best player and somebody who could lead by example, as well as being relatively vocal compared to most of his teammates. Moussa Sissoko was given the job in the absence of others but as he struggles to even motivate himself, I think very few Newcastle fans would see him as any kind of candidate, though midfield partner Jack Colback would be a popular choice for some.
Now though United could be spoilt for choice and if McClaren goes for a trio as Pardew did, then both Siem de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum must be prime candidates, having captained Ajax and PSV in their time at the Dutch clubs.
Added to this is the fact that with five Dutch players they could well be forming the backbone of the team this season.
As for Fabricio Coloccini, if at least one (preferably two) much needed quality centre-back is brought in, then Colo will be no automatic choice.
The reality being that certainly last season he would have feared for his place if it hadn’t been for the almost total lack of competition.
United are desperately in need of a new direction and a fresh start, so for my money a combination of Janmaat, de Jong and Wijnaldum gets my vote, with possibly Siem de Jong the choice as Newcastle Captain, providing his fitness outlook is healthy.
No doubt the Newcastle Captain and vice-captain(s) will be named during this tour of America, as just over two weeks will remain before that Southampton match.
United need new leadership right through the club and with Steve McClaren and his coaches that has happened behind the scenes, now it has to be translated onto the pitch.