Why Georginio Wijnaldum should be named Newcastle captain

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Wijnaldum has only just arrived at Newcastle, but he should be named captain.

The Magpies struggled in the captaincy department last term, with consistent absences meaning the armband was handed around many players.

Club captain Fabricio Coloccini was selected when available, but more often than not, it was Moussa Sissoko leading the team out. Tim Krul was also considered as a potential candidate, whilst Daryl Janmaat’s name was mentioned as a future skipper.

Following the end of last season, many expected Coloccini would lose the captaincy as Newcastle look to appoint a younger player who can appear more often in competitive action.

Whilst Sissoko, Krul or Janmaat would be good options, Newcastle should be looking to appoint Georginio Wijnaldum as captain - despite only joining the club days ago.

The 24-year-old Dutch international was named PSV captain in 2013 - despite his young age - and led the Eredivisie outfit to the league title last season. He is a player with drive, desire and talent, and Steve McClaren should be naming him captain for the coming campaign.

Not only is he an impressive leader, who has led a team to silverware already in his career, but naming him captain would represent a new era at St James’ Park.

Rather than the same underachieving players captaining the team, handing the armband to Wijnaldum would be a sign from the Newcastle management that they intend to get out of their rut, and start moving forward with a new philosophy.

It would represent the start of a new era, and that could revitalise the club who have spent so long struggling with no chance of a bright future.

Wijnaldum is the best potential captain in the Newcastle ranks, not just for his ability, but for the psychological boost that the whole club would receive by the forward thinking approach shown by the Magpies management ahead of the coming season.

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