Moussa Sissoko is set to captain Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Sissoko has admitted that he will have to motivate his teammates more whilst wearing the captains armband.
The French international said: “When you are captain you have to talk more with the referee and motivate your team-mates. For me, captain or not it is the same. I try to do my best and play the same.”
Sissoko is the go-to vice captain in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini, and he is considered a potential long-term fix for that role when the centre-back leaves St James’ Park.
The same Chronicle story lists Sissoko as one of four players who could be set to leave the club this summer - along with Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote - although the midfielder still has four years on his contract, and is considered a vital player the Magpies will not sell.
At 25-years-old, he is a vital player for John Carver’s men, and he still has a number of years ahead of him at top level football. This continuity in his career on Tyneside sees him as a fantastic long-term replacement, and unless presented with an amazing offer in the summer, Newcastle would be wise to do all they can to keep hold of him.
Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul is the other man who should be considered as a potential skipper, but Sissoko’s all-action play in the middle of the park makes him an ideal candidate for the captains armband.