Who should get the armband?

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What do William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Scott Parker and Aaron Lennon have in common? Probably loads of things but the one I have in mind is that they were all captain in at least one game last season. Yes, even Aaron Lennon whose donning of the armband in the Europa League was more down to his length of service than air of authority on the pitch one suspects.

Since Ledley retired we’ve not had a default captain. Dawson did emerge as the man most likely to call ‘Heads’ if he was in the team last season but this only after he was apparently on the verge of being sold off before the campaign had even begun if you believe what you read, so not exactly first name on the team sheet material. There’s no doubting that Daws is a top lad, would be a pleasure to have a pint with and is as much Spurs through and through as a boy from North Yorkshire can be but he’s no Blanchflower, Mackay, Perryman or Mabbutt.

You might say that in these days of team and squad rotation perhaps having a skipper is an anachronism anyway? What use is a figurehead who’s not always there? I don’t agree though. Especially in big games, having an inspirational figure as your official leader who commands the respect of everyone at your own club and possibly every other club as well can only give the players a lift surely? Any extra edge should be grabbed where it can and having a man on the pitch prepared to lead by example when things are going well and not hide when things are going badly is most definitely a plus point.

So assuming the captain comes from our current strongest side, who are the main candidates? We can discount the new boys, Soldado, Chadli & Paulinho, as they’ll have enough on their plate already. Lloris has the experience through leading France but we don’t really want a goalie in charge if we can help it, Bale (..yes, I know) would lead by example but we don’t really want to distract him from making the spectacular look easy. Giving Kaboul some responsibility might make him feel less like giving up whenever he stubs a toe and appointing Benny or Sandro would give the most laughs. Kyle Walker looks to be the man most liable to be selected for every game but amongst other things his not being a native French speaker counts against him.

For me it’s between Mousa Dembélé and Jan Vertonghen with my vote going to the defender. He’s got previous with Ajax, always appears up for a scrap and it might improve his concentration at corners. Judging by his goal at Old Trafford, he looks a lucky man too, and we all know what talent Napoleon is supposed to have looked for in his generals!

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  1. Dawson a top top bloke, and has given us the kind of effort and commitment that Adebayor can only dream of – and nobody should forget that. But he's third choice, so it has to be Super Jan.

  2. BALE STATEMENT

    After weeks of speculation and made up stories I need to bring this to a close and therefore I am committing my immediate future to Tottenham. I have been here from a teenager and the team is the strongest its ever been and with the additions of Paulinho, Chadli and now Soldado, we also have Kaboul & Sandro returning which is like two new signings. We have a young and talented squad a fantastic manager and an ambitious Chairman and if we work hard I genuinely feel next season we can mount a serious title challenge. I am flattered to be linked with a team like Real Madrid and I have always said one day I would like to test myself abroad, but right now I can't imagine being any where else. Tottenham are a massive club, I have everything I could ever want, but more importantly I am happy and I want to be part off and make history in the best league in the world, I cannot wait for the season to get started and to underline my commitment I have signed a 12 month contract extension. COYS

  3. One of the things I have noticed about the clubs recent acquisitions is that we have started to make a habit of signing players with experience of captaining their previous teams, which can only be a positive thing for the club moving forward. Scott Parker, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris, Lewis Holtby (German U21 captain) and new signing, Roberto Soldado, all arrived at WHL with experience of leading their respective teams, at some level.

    The benefits of this trend are fairly obvious, so I won't go into it, but if I was picking a captain for the upcoming season, I think the most OBVIOUS choice would be Jan Vertonghen.

    After a mixed start to his Spurs career, Jan has gone from strength to strength with his displays, and as a result, I will be expecting BIG things from the Belgian after his FIRST season in the EPL. With Vertonghen already having experience of captaining a title winning Ajax side ,and more than likely to find himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet, I would see Jan as the most 'natural' successor to Dawson, should the latter be dislodged from his starting berth. If Jan was to get the nod though, I would like to see him become MORE assertive, and vocal on the field, though. Often, for me, he appeared quiet and a little too laid back in his approach to organising, or making demands of his colleagues. Perhaps this was more down to him being new to the league, and settling into a new team which made him decide to take a more withdrawn role and not ruffle any feathers. But from what I have seen of his mentality/character, during his Ajax days, I think we could very well see a different Jan Vertonghen during the course of the upcoming campaign.

    I'm sure I wont be the only saying this, but my pick for vice-captain would have to be Sandro. The Brazilian, for me would get the armband for his all-action displays, commitment and as a mark of appreciation for everything he has brought to the club, since joining.
    A player who wears the Spurs shirt with passion and pride, what better way to recognise his contribution and immense talent, than by rewarding him with the armband when the opportunities arise (hopefully with a view of giving him the position permanently in the future!).

    He appears a popular figure amongst his peers, and they, undoubtedly, must respect his ability on the field. Again, seems like a fairly obvious choice to me.

    But going back to my original point, once upon a time Spurs were a team that struggled to appoint a captain, let alone a vice captain. Now we can point to a whole host of names as credible leaders. This should serve as just another benchmark, of just how far we have come!

  4. FACTS:
    In games in which Dawson played more than half of last season the whole team were inspired. Stats below.

    WITH Dawson – P- 21 : Pts- 46 : Goals conceded- 22 : Points gained averaged over whole season – 83 pts.

    WITHOUT Dawson – P 17 : Pts- 26 : Goals conceded-24 : Points gained averaged over whole season-58 pts.

    There is only one candidate for Captain, and if we do not make the right choice we are looking at a mid-table finish.
    MICHAEL DAWSON is the Captain.

  5. Dawson, by a mile and he will Captain England he reads a game better than most ,watch Jan when Dawsons not in the team he's a bit unsure of himself he plays much more confidently when Dawson plays he is the true leader of the team.

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