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Our next captain?


Martin_plumb

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I'm not remotely pushing JT to one side and I think removing him as England captain goes against the 'innocent until proven guilty' belief that our justice system works on

But JT probably has 2-3 years left at the top of his game, Lampard looks more and more likely to move on next summer if not this and drogba is even closer to the door.

At this point I don't think there are any outstanding candidates in the squad.

Am I wrong or is there anyone else outside of our squad that would be suitable, or more importantly available???

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If Hutch progresses to be a first team regular he'll eventually be the right person for the job. JT has said that he thinks Luiz is a future Chelsea captain, and his progress this season suggests he's a quick learner so could be a contender.

I do think though that Sunday showed we were desperately short of leaders on the pitch.

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Cahill perhaps? But...

Lampard looks more and more likely to move on next summer

Apart from the quoteless/factless tabloid stories that consist of 3 sentences each, I've not seen much evidence? Certainly nothing that suggests "more and more likely" - have I missed something where a journo hasn't made 5 from 2+2?

Not that I believe he's great captain material, but not sure where the above story has come from apart from The Sun & The Mail.

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If Hutch progresses to be a first team regular he'll eventually be the right person for the job. JT has said that he thinks Luiz is a future Chelsea captain, and his progress this season suggests he's a quick learner so could be a contender.

I do think though that Sunday showed we were desperately short of leaders on the pitch.

I agree. I commented elsewhere that the first 30 minutes against UTD were woeful and the lack of any sort of shape, guidence, discipline was evident at the beginning although we gradually got better.

JT probably does have 2-3 years left at the top but putting his body on the line so often for us is starting to take its toll and the same with Lamps. Lamps mopre than JT was hardly ever out injured but its becoming more frequent

Cahill perhaps? But...

Apart from the quoteless/factless tabloid stories that consist of 3 sentences each, I've not seen much evidence? Certainly nothing that suggests "more and more likely" - have I missed something where a journo hasn't made 5 from 2+2?

Not that I believe he's great captain material, but not sure where the above story has come from apart from The Sun & The Mail.

Like I mentioned above, injuries have started to creep into his game more and more often. Your right though however that that comment was based on consistant rumours and very little more than that but I personally think he would be a strong candidate for the MLS. Can't see him anywhere else in this country other than maybe with uncle harry, but I doubt he would do that to us

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Just focusing on the current squad, I'd wager a guess at one of our other CB's: Ivan, Luiz, or Cahill. The latter two still need to show that they are good enough to be on the pitch every game (which I think they will) and all three would have to become more commanding, but I think they are some promising candidates.

That being said, none of them will probably end up with it, because I am usually wrong. :smile:

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i dont see mata having enough authority in the dressing room

Im a big fan of Mata already but I think your right and wouldn't command the respect like JT does.

I know I'll probably take this back but my first choice for our captain would always be an Englishman, as would my choice for England manager, but much like the England manager job im not sure there's an englishman good enough, especially in our current squad

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A lot can change between now and whenever JT hangs up his boots, but I'd agree on Luiz. He seems a likely candidate at this point. Hard worker, good attitude, etc.

Plus his Messiah like head touching ritual with Torres gives him an invincible air...

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Agree with barak, Luiz is a leader and i cant see anyone else with it really. Mata leads with his play, I dont think he is one to be vocal, grab the team by the balls and literally drag us over the line like terry has been able to over the years.

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I don't think Mata's enough of a leader, he's a great player and very intelligent (only player trying to slow the tempo of the game at 3-1 on Sunday) but not a player to galvanise the rest of the team and get them going.

Nathaniel Chalobah looks like he could be a great captain for us when he breaks through, but he's still very young.

As many people have said, a lot will change by the time JT is ready to hang up his boots, although I've stated elsewhere the belief that he should be stripped of captaincy if he is found guilty of the racism charges. If we need a new captain this summer, I'd like to see the armband go to Essien or Lamps, I think Essien would be more likely because of Frank's limited playing time.

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Agree with barak, Luiz is a leader and i cant see anyone else with it really. Mata leads with his play, I dont think he is one to be vocal, grab the team by the balls and literally drag us over the line like terry has been able to over the years.

Hopefully he is still just bedding in as he still has a tendancy for the rash challenge here and there and his card count (red or yellow) could see his appearances limited but he seems to have been better of late.

I think the Luiz-Cahill partnership will get plenty of playing time with John suffering injuries more and more as the years roll on

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Romeu anyone?

He's only just joined, way too early to be calling him a future captain imo. Especially since he's likely to want to f**k back off to Barca anyway, I don't want a Cesc-saga. Losing your captain to another team does serious damage to a club mentally, imo.

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If we're talking current squad members who could be promoted to it, I'd have to say probably either Ivanovic or Cech, as they are some of the most experienced players we've got who are likely to stay for at least another 3-4 years.

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