With the absence of club captain Christ Brunt and stand-in captain Jonas Olsson, West Bromwich Albion must look to their best player in Ben Foster to take the reigns for the remainder of the season.
Foster has become Albion’s most consistent performer in the last few seasons, and can draw on his big club experience to help steer the Baggies clear of relegation.
Off the field, he is one of the most genuine and respected footballer’s around. His days with Manchester United and regular involvement within the England set-up still leave his abilities as a goalkeeper hugely admired by fans. Foster himself can use this experience, having worked with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello to lift his team-mates.
As an individual, Foster is equally as adored. Never too busy to decline media interviews or an autograph, he is also the ultimate family man. The rest of the West Brom dressing room must look to him as the complete footballer he is, and follow in his steps to achieve another season of Premier League status.
He is hugely important to the Baggies, having pulled off top save after top save this season. One must imagine how worse off Albion would be without his heroics. Foster rarely has a bad game or makes a mistake, and as their most consistent performer can lay best claim to take over the captain's role.
Foster’s passion for success is also there for all to see.
None celebrated more when West Brom defeated Swansea late on last weekend, with the 30-year-old running straight to under-fire manager Pepe Mel to revel in the glory. His passion, ability and reputation combined make him the best option for captain while the position is vacant, and he would do a sterling job in helping rescue Albion’s season.
Is Ben Foster the best option for Albion captain in the absence of Chris Brunt and Jonas Olsson?