Has Jack Ross made his first mistake as Sunderland manager ?

Sunderland manager Jack Ross takes questions during a press conference at The Stadium of Light on August 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland midfielder George Honeyman was named club captain earlier this month.

George Honeyman of Sunderland during the Sky Bet League One match between Luton Town and Sunderland at Kenilworth Road on August 11, 2018 in Luton, United Kingdom.

Prior to the start of Sunderland's 2018/19 League One campaign, Black Cats manager Jack Ross named George Honeyman as his captain.

Honeyman, born in the North-East, looked like the obvious candidate for the armband ever since former captain John O'shea left the club for Reading.  But with several other senior candidates with an arguable bigger presence on the pitch, was it wrong of Ross to name the 23-year-old as his captain?


Honeyman has played in both of Sunderland's opening Championship fixtures and considering the Black Cats are yet to be beaten, it would be easy to say Ross's decision was the correct one.

Honeyman, however, has been somewhat subdued in both of these games, suggesting the captaincy could be weighing heavily on the youngster's inexperienced shoulders. 

Sunderland have signed a number of experienced heads this summer, some of whom play in Honeyman's midfield position, and question's have to be asked as to whether or not Honeyman would start ahead of them if he didn't have the armband.

Dylan McGeouch of Sunderland during a Pre-Season friendly match between Grimsby Town and Sunderland AFC at Blundell Park on July 17, 2018 in Grimsby, England.

Pre-season star Dylan McGeouch looks set to return from injury in the next few weeks, but may struggle to break into the side with Lynden Gooch and Bali Mumba performing so well, and captain Honeyman unlikely to be dropped. 

Box-to-box midfield prospect Luke O'Nien has only played 45 minutes in a Sunderland shirt this season and, like McGeouch, may struggle to find his way back into the first team - but may have been a starter ahead of Honeyman if the youngster wasn't captain.

And Senior defender Glenn Loovens would arguably have been a better choice for the skipper status having captained teams across Europe. It's still early days, but Honeyman needs to dig in and show his leadership skills.

George Honeyman of Sunderland during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

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