Date:Wednesday July 25 2012
With the retirement of Ledley King, Andre Villas-Boas will need a new leader, and apparently Michael Dawson could be at the top of his list of options.
What will confuse many Tottenham fans, is that they expect to see Dawson struggle to command a regular starting place over Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen, but is the new role being based upon a Club captain as opposed to a team leader, which can perhaps be rotated depending on who is playing, which the overall leadership in the dressing room, training pitch and for the media, more important than who is in charge on a Saturday (or whenever) afternoon?
If we look at other viable candidates, perhaps the same applies to many of them. Scott Parker, is currently injured and could be for the first month or so of the season, and even then, he might be facing a battle to play every game, with the likes of Sandro and several others probably fighting for two, maybe three places. Perhaps if AVB looks to bring in his former player Joao Moutinho, a player who knows his game and speaks his language, literally.
Others such as William Gallas will have the same problem, and of course both he and our No14 could be out of the club, so therefore out of contention. Of the others, I see Youness Kaboul as being next in line behind Dawson and Parker, though that may chance, once Jan Vertonghen (or Moutinho) beds himself in, but would it be sensible to promote a new boy over others in what is already a happy and well oiled dressing room? Rahael Van der Vaart might fancy the job and he has captaincy experience to compare with all the other candidates, but is his medium to long term Spurs career secure and does he have the selfless character that a manager wants?
As fans we have campaigned for rotation of the squad, and therefore perhaps a playing captain isn't the vital thing it once was. Many foreign manager don't actually like the old school 'pin them up against the wall' type of leader, preferring a more cultured approach, but also to maintain that greater control themselves. Today, having a club captain is as important for media events than to wear the armband on the pitch.
In the case of Dawson, he is clean cut, intelligent, seems to have the respect and popularity in the dressing room and despite not being seen as a definite starter, he remains a well liked player with the fans. Perhaps we will see Dawson get the nod for the official functions, but then have a pecking order along the lines of (2) Parker, (3) Kaboul, (4) VdV, (5) Vertonghen and so on. To some it might seem overly complicated, but I suppose it is only a problem is there is a divided or unhappy dressing room and based on that idea alone, going for a safe and popular pair of hands, is better than anything else and though I can see real merit in looking to Parker, I can also see a call for Dawson is a sensible longer term decision...
Date:Wednesday July 25 2012
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