Manuel Pellegrini opted to give the Italian defender the armband for West Ham’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend.
West Ham drew the contest 1-1 and the £10 million centre-back (BBC Sport) was honoured to lead his side out.
He said: “I didn’t expect to be named captain. I was so excited and really focused. But in this team the captain is not just the player who ears the armband.”
However, West Ham fans don’t agree with Ogbonna being given the armband and have not taken kindly to his comments, after he failed to clap the travelling support at Brighton.
So proud I forgot to applaud our amazing supply after the game.— ⚒Shane WHU Slaven⚒ (@shaney9ss) August 18, 2019
But still failed to go over and clap the fans at the end...great captain— Tyler Jones (@Tylerrjones16) August 18, 2019
Sorry, love Pellegrini, but this was an awful decision, Snodgrass or Fabianski should have had the armband yesterday.— Samuel Kirkwood (@SKirky7) August 18, 2019
I don’t think there was a single fan on the planet that expected him to be named captain either.— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) August 18, 2019
A proper captain would have went to the fans after the game— Sam (@_SamButler) August 18, 2019
First Cresswell, now Ogbonna- two players who on form should be nowhere near the team, let alone captain!— Neil Martin (@nmengland) August 18, 2019
Yet was the only one who couldn’t be bothered to come over and thank the travelling fans at the end, great captain— James Luckett (@james_whu10) August 18, 2019
Ogbonna’s selection for West Ham against Brighton was somewhat of a surprise, as many expected Fabian Balbuena to start.
Balbuena and Issa Diop had been the Hammers’ centre-back pairing on opening day, but Pellegrini obviously decided he needed a change up at the back on Saturday.
West Ham ended up drawing 1-1 with Brighton, but their performance wasn’t particularly impressive.
West Ham are next in action against Watford on Saturday at Vicarage Road.
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