New season, new captain?

Is Colo still the man to lead our troops?
Is Colo still the man to lead our troops?
With the new Premier League season just 12 days away now, Steve McClaren has to be thinking about his choice of captain going into the new campaign. Steve hasn’t given much away about who he’ll choose and has given the armband to various players pre-season with Gouffran even being handed the arm band at one point.

It’s a difficult one in fairness as with Coloccini in his last year of contract it could look a little mean to take it off him. On the other hand we know that new managers often like to choose their own man to captain the side, especially when a lot of new players they have picked arrive to the squad. Of course McClaren’s job of choosing a new captain could be made a lot easier if the rumors of Coloccini to Crystal Palace are true. He certainly doesn’t seem to want to lose Coloccini as he has spoken very highly of him. He has praised his work rate and influence around the training ground and said he fully expects him to be running out for us at seasons start.

When asked about a new captain Steve had this to say;

”I want them all wearing an armband and being leaders. We’ve developed a senior leadership group since we’ve come in, and the ones who are taking the armband in the matches are part of that group.”

If the above is the case then we can assume that Gouffran still has a big part at Newcastle since he was given the armband. Gouffran has had some good games for us but really went off the boil last season which was disappointing.
I can see a few who would be good for the armband, Janmaat, Krul, De Jong seems vocal enough and could be good if he can stay fit. But I suspect in the end Colocini will keep it, if only to not rock the boat. He’s in his last year so Steve can pick his own man next season.
Who would you like to be captain? Thoughts welcome.
Kimtoon

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623 thoughts on “New season, new captain?

  1. You know that Southampton have a European game on Thursday and that it is a long haul up to SJP for an early Sunday kickoff. They also let go 2 of their better players and have to integrate new ones, just like we do. I hate to tempt fate but if ever there was a time to get the S’ton monkey off our back it is now.

    Of course we do have half the squad injured already 🙂

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  2. I mean, how can this be possible, injured:

    Marveaux, Dummett, Coloccini, Tiote, Cabella, Good, Riviere.

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  3. Eric, Seems as though Good has been permanently injured since joining us. Pity as he was rated quite highly if I remember.

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  4. I know who our new signing that will blow our minds is. I’m surprised the newspapers haven’t made the connection.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reported to have said by Italian media: “It may have been the last game of my career at PSG.

    “This week I need to make an important decision”

    You saw it here first. 😆

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  5. Premandup@594, apology accepted mate, not a problem.

    I reckon McLaren has a massive culling job to do to weed out the dead wood from the Pardew era… It seems that Cashley and Charnley are working to support him in this by loosening the purse strings.
    However getting rid of or loaning out the players deemed supurfluous, or not wanting to be here is a difficult task (plus McLaren inherited these players at the end of the day)…

    As long as this season the football improves and we are heading in the right direction then I’ll give McLaren and the new coaching staff and new players time to improve. The Carver era was so shocking that anything is an improvement on the nerve wracking relegation battle of last season..

    Having said that, McLaren’s record is still as quoted in my post @568 ….

    WLWLDLL

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  6. Kimtoon@607, I recall Good joined us from Melbourne, and was then loaned out to Dundee United or someone and did quite well. He would have most definitely have been in the Australian world cup squad had he been fit.
    Now he seems to be permanently paggered, which is unfortunate…
    He’s still young though..he’s a bit in the Dummet mould I recall, all left footed though somewhat lightweight for an EPL defender perhaps. A left back in the making ?

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  7. Gregory van der weil is available he has told the dutch press today that PSG have told HIM they plan too move him out. Would love us too make a move.

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  8. So West Ham have offered £11m plus Matt Jarvis for Austin. Valencia has a serious injury so they’re in the market for a striker now.

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  9. Its all quiet on defenders,plenty talk of this striker and that striker but nowt
    about defenders and SM talking about wanting to keep Collo its a bit worrying

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  10. Well one reported target is not coming our way , Boetius from Feyenoord is going to FC Basel acording to Voetbal international here in holland.

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  11. Munich@611, Yeah I knew he’d missed out on the oz squad cause of injury, real shame for him and them. Wonder if our climate or the NE climate was a problem, after all he was used to playing in much warmer conditions 😕

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  12. I liked the look of the two holding yesterday – Colback and Anita. Never misplaced a pass all game and had zillions of touches. Encouraging. Gini looked a little lost though. He wants to be a No10 but I’m sure he’d be better starting a little deeper. Overall football was a little better with more pattern.

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  13. Abeid off then?

    http://www.dzfoot.com/2015/08/01/abeid-attendu-dimanche-a-dusseldorf-72411.php

    Google translate

    The German track is confirmed for Mehdi Abeid , since it has to go to Düsseldorf on Sunday to undergo the medical examination according to France Football .

    Algerian international midfielder ground today aged 22 failed to win at Newcastle where he arrived there and there’s 4 years after a first full season when he was loaned to Panathinaikos in 2013 / 2014, the player would like to revive his career and finding the bottom game.

    Thus the track of Fortuna Düsseldorf 2.Bundesliga club arrived this week. The club , which finished 10th last season accession wants to play in the Bundesliga . That’s why she hired the Tunisian international Karim Haggui in defense and the striker Ivorian Didier Ya Konan in attack.

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