Seb Kehl has announced that he’s stepping down as Borussia Dortmund captain for the coming season, which leaves Jurgen Klopp with a big decision over who to appoint as his next skipper.
Kehl previously revealed that this season will be his last with BVB and his decision to vacate the captaincy appears to be a tactic to allow a new leader to bed himself in, with Kehl to use as a reference point over the next 12 months.
Reports suggest there are two immediate candidates for the job; goalkeeper and vice-captain Roman Weidenfeller and reported Manchester United transfer target Mats Hummels.
Hummels plays at the heart of Dortmund’s back four and is the favourite in the eyes of many despite the fact Weidenfeller was Kehl’s deputy when he held the captaincy.
It would obviously dent the chances of any side looking to sign Hummels of he was named as BVB’s captain because it would be an indication of Dortmund’s long term thinking.
However, that’s not to detract from the qualities Hummels has which make him a good selection as captain rather than the decision being a tactic from Klopp to stop the German defender from leaving.
Hummels is fresh off the back of a World Cup win with Germany, which gives him confidence and momentum heading into the new season.
He plays in a position where he can not only organise BVB’s back four but also structure the rest of the team and give his opinion and tactical deficiencies he sees happening during a match.
Manchester United are still well within their rights to try and sign him whether that’s this summer or next, but if he’s wearing the captain’s armband when they next take a look at doing a deal, it’s going to be much more difficult for them to pull something off.
Here are some examples of fans calling for Hummels to be named as Dortmund’s next skipper.
Not sure if there is an obvious replacement for Kehl as @BVB captain or not. Subotic maybe? Hummels?— Rob McGregor (@RobMcGregor35) July 31, 2014
Kehl steps down as BVB captain. Might retire after this season. Legend. So this probably means Hummels will get the armband. Or Weidenfeller— Carlton Diniz (@CarltonDiniz) July 31, 2014
Hummels for Dortmund captain— Zachary Soo-Tho (@ZachLag) July 31, 2014
I'm guessing we can all agree on a new captain option... Mats Hummels.— Borussia Dortmund FF (@BVBfansFF) July 30, 2014
I have no doubt Mats Hummels will be our new captain.lets hope so! #BVB— Die BorusseN (@NeiLBorusseN) July 30, 2014
I would pick hummels to be the new captain. Already a massive influence and leader when he plays— SG Schotten (@bvbscotland) July 30, 2014
Mats Hummels as new captain and Schmelzer or Manni as vice captain would be my choice.— Luca (@luc_bvb) July 30, 2014
Would surprise me if new Dortmund captain wouldn’t be Mats Hummels really. #BVB— Sandra Goldschmidt (@SanBorussia) July 30, 2014
Hummels will be the next BVB skipper imo— WS (@_Alexiiiiiss) July 31, 2014