Sunday, July 10, 2011

Battle For The Armband

The club have witnessed several arrivals and departures this summer leaving a new-look squad. Taking into account the signings we have made Town fans have a rough idea how the team will shape up on the opening game.

The real unknown is who exactly will take over the vacant captain's armband this season. Paolo Di Canio has stated he wants to see a battle for the captaincy throughout pre-season. I had until last season underestimated the importance of getting this decision correct.

So, who do I reckon Paolo Di Canio views as the main contenders for the armband?

Our latest recruit Oliver Risser is a very creditable contender with the midfielder set to become a key player in the squad. Having hit 30, Risser certainly arrived at the County Ground with vast experience in the game. Di Canio has also hailed his leadership and vocal abilities during his short time on trial. If he can do that immediately I am sure he would only improve once more settled into the club. Risser is my main contender for the armband.

Alberto Commazi is also a strong option to take over the captaincy for the coming season. The Italian has no shortage of experience having clocked up over 300 appearances in his career, albeit in his native Italy. One potential hazard could be that although he can speak English, it is still not his first language. Some people, including myself prefer a defender to have the armband which could see Di Canio choose his compratriot.

Fellow defender Joe Devera could yet see himself named as captain for the coming season. At 24, he may be seen by some supporters as being too young for the captaincy. Devera is experienced for his age having played over 100 times for his former club Barnet. Fans of the Bees have also commended him as some what of a natural leader. With age on his side, Devera could be seen as a long-term captain and Di Canio may welcome stability.

At only 23, Paul Caddis is an even younger contender in the battle for the armband. That said he was captain for our final game in League One in our victory over Tranmere. I always believe a captain should set an example to the other players and I love the work ethic and professional attitude the Scot shown in his debut season. Caddis has also captained Scotland Under 21's so has experience of being captain. Somewhat of an outsider contender but wouldn't be dissapointed should he get the armband.

Whoever Paolo Di Canio and his coaching team do decide to become captain I certainly hope they end up Gordon Greer than Jonathan Douglas. I believe the players I have mentioned are all capable and I personally welcome having more than one leader and communicator on the pitch next season.

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