As confirmed by the official Aston Villa website, Micah Richards has been named captain by Tim Sherwood for the new season.
He seems a wise choice for Sherwood, as he is heavily experienced in the Premier League, should be playing at the peak of abilities due to his age, and defenders always make good choices as they can see the entire field ahead of them.
However, there is a potential issue with Richards being named captain, and it is one which could cost the club.
Being selected to lead the team, one expects that Richards will now play every game of the season, which is perfect if he plays to the best of his abilities.
However, he has hardly played any football over the last years, and could be far from the quality needed at Premier League level.
If so, and Sherwood feels obliged to play Richards as he is wearing the armband, Villa’s defence will be far weaker than it could be without him included.
Of course, this is a potential issue for any club and any captain, but the worry with Richards is that his lack of football will cost him, and will mean a slow start at Villa Park is very likely.
Sherwood may have made the right decision in appointing Richards as captain, but with the potential issues involved, the head coach should willingly look to drop him if needed, and not be tied down to selecting the defender simply as he is wearing the armband.