After a poor season, a change in captaincy could be on the cards at Newcastle United.
With both a staff and squad overhaul expected at St. James’ Park in the close season, the question of who should lead the club on the field has intensified.
With five games left to play, players looking to take on the armband have the chance to demonstrate why they should be skipper next season.
So who are the candidates that could be considered for Newcastle’s captaincy?
The current club captain since 2011, Coloccini already has an established presence in the dressing room. The Argentinian has made over 200 appearances in the famous black and white shirt since his move to Tyneside in 2008, but at the age of 33, his best years look to be behind him. Perhaps next season it would be best to hand the captaincy to a younger, hungrier player.
One of Newcastle’s longest serving players, Krul has been at St. James’ Park since 2005 and knows the club inside-out. The Dutchman has been pivotal in helping his side earn results this year but there is a risk in having a goalkeeper as captain and the job should really be given to an outfield player.
Janmaat has arguably been the club’s most successful signing this season, settling quickly to become one of Newcastle’s most consistent performers. The Dutch full-back has the ability to influence the game in both attack and defence, appearing in all 33 Premier League fixtures, and is surely a contender should the armband become vacant.
Standing in as captain in the absence of Coloccini, Sissoko has failed to lead when asked. Lethargic performances of late, including a red card in his last appearance at Liverpool, have resulted in critics accusing him of lacking the desire to fight for the team. The Frenchman is one of the most talented players in the squad and rumours remain rife that the midfielder is bound for greener pastures in the summer. He should not be considered for such a pivotal role should he stay.
Siem De Jong
The current vice-captain skippered Ajax to two league titles and his pedigree as a leader is in no doubt. Sadly De Jong has only made two Premier League appearances in a debut season blighted by injury. Should Coloccini keep his role for another year, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dutchman take the reins thereafter, if he can stay fit.
Described by The Daily Mail as the most underrated player in the Premier League, the 25-year-old has established himself as a dependable and determined midfielder since joining from fierce rivals Sunderland. Only a year into his career with The Magpies, Colback has become an unsung hero on Tyneside thanks to his high work rate and willingness to put his club first. Displaying maturity beyond his years, Colback should be following in the footsteps of the last boyhood fan that held the armband, Alan Shearer, should there be a vacancy in the summer.