Former Portsmouth captain the perfect man to lead the Cellino, Hockaday revolution

Ross McCormack shirt off

We take a look at why the former Bournemouth and Portsmouth captain Jason Pearce is the right man to replace Ross McCormack as captain of Leeds United.

Ross McCormack's departure to Fulham leaves not only a void upfront for Leeds United, but also a big void in the dressing room. 

Last season, the 27-year-old  was by far and away the most influential figure in the Leeds United team and that extended to both on and off the pitch as shown by the respect given to him from team-mates still at the Yorkshire club after his departure. 

Massimo Cellino, who has condemned the strikers actions, faces a few tough decisions as he looks to replace both McCormack's goals on the pitch and influence both on and off it, but where should he look first?

Leeds United are expected to undergo major surgery this summer and the latest departure of Ross McCormack is unlikely to be the last one as many players at Leeds are uncertain of their long-term future at the club.

Nevertheless, It is imperative that Cellino and/or Dave Hockaday make a decision on the player that is going to lead Leeds United out next season as the enforcement of a good captain can be a major boost to morale in the squad. 

Despite Rodolph Austin being the man to make way for Ross McCormack to become captian in January, I don't feel the Jamaican international, who also captains his country, to be the man either Hockaday or Cellino choose to lead their revolutionised Leeds United team out. However, I believe the choice of captain should come from within the current Leeds United team which, in my opinion, leaves one outstanding candidate in Jason Pearce.

The 26-year-old central defender had a relatively good season with Leeds and was only pipped to the Player of the Year award by Ross McCormack.

Pearce, like Austin, is no stranger to the captaincy role either. He has worn the armband for Portsmouth, Bournemouth and on rare occasions, in the absence of others, even Leeds United.

Pearce, who turns 27 in December, is one of the few players in the Leeds United squad that can guarantee his place in the squad next term, which means he could be the perfect candidate to introduce and watch over the integration between the incoming players and the existing squad. 

Last season, the domineering defender was often let down by those around him and the goals conceded tally was slightly unjust to the defender's contribution and, I feel, with a new management system and improved side that Pearce could be a big player for Leeds United next season and could head their hunt for promotion back to the Premier League.

However, with big changes expected, Massimo Cellino could insist that one of his new signings be made captain as it wouldn't be surprising if the existing squad, with regards to the captaincy, was overlooked. 

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